BALDWIN  — Baldwin boys basketball players are looking to pick up their game a few notches as they approach the final game of the regular season.

Friday night at home, the Panthers will play Crossroads Charter Academy in a West Michigan D League contest and will try to avenge a loss to the Cougars sustained in January.

Meanwhile, players like Ahmad Goram are hoping to step up their game and give the Panthers the depth they feel they need to have championship success. They snuck out a four-point win over Manistee Catholic Central last week.

“We could have played better,” Goram said, adding the Panthers are looking to play their best basketball in upcoming weeks.

Terrell Rogers agreed without some of the players the Panthers had a year ago, others need to step up and produce.

“We have to come out offensive and defensive-minded,” he said. 

“The key will be the same as it’s been all year, hustle and effort, and play as a unit,” Deondra McDonald said. “We have to come out relaxed, but we can’t play to the other team’s level.

But with the season approaching championship time, “there’s more adrenalin flowing,” McDonald said. “We want to win and go to the Breslin Center (for the state tournament). That’s been our goal since day one.”