Baldwin boys team at 9-5 in boys basketball

BALDWIN – Baldwin’s boys basketball team continues to struggle offensively as the Panthers entered action this week at 9-5 overall and 8-4 in the West Michigan D League.

On Friday, the Panthers lost to Mason County Eastern 41-36. MCE was up 13-8 after the first quarter and 29-16 at halftime. Baldwin outscored the Cardinals 13-4 in the third quarter but was outscored 8-7 in the fourth.

Karlos Perez led Baldwin with 16 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Andon Ware with eight points and seven rebounds. Devon Sparks-Burrell had seven boards while Brandon Childress added six rebounds and five assists.

“We have to get out to a faster start,” Coach Scott said. “We’re in a bad shooting slump. People are running zone zones on us and we’ve struggled against zones. If we had anyone who could shoot threes consistently, we’ll be tough.”

The first half continues to give his team problems noted Pedigo.

On Feb.8 on the road, Baldwin routed Walkerville 73-28. Baldwin had quarter leads of 19-4, 39-8 and 56-23.

Perez scored 21 points for Baldwin, followed by Childress with 12 points and Tyler Buck with 10 points. Perez also had 10 rebounds while Daekwon Fisher added seven boards and Buck and Ware had five apiece. Fisher dished out eight assists and had four steals. Childress, Martel Forest and Ware also had four assists.

This is a busy week for the Panthers who were scheduled to play Wednesday at Onekama and Friday at home against Brethren. They’re also home against Covert on Saturday.

“I’m hoping we can pull those three out,” Pedigo said. “I wasn’t expecting us to be as good as we are this year. Every game on our schedule is winnable.”