Baldwin boys to face Walkerville on Thursday

BALDWIN — Severe winter weather in recent days has been cancelling school sessions at Baldwin, and has also created game and practice scheduling challenges for the boys basketball team.

The Tuesday game at Grand Traverse Academy was snowed out. It’s been tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 27. A scheduled home game on Jan. 10 against Grand Rapids Ellington has been tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 21.

The school has had six snow days so far, coach Scott Pedigo noted. Poor weather also has caused disruption to practice schedules.

The Panthers are scheduled to play Thursday at Walkerville in West Michigan D League action. They also are scheduled to be home next Wednesday against Manistee Catholic Central.

In West Michigan D League standings as of Jan. 17, Baldwin  is 4-1, and also 6-1 overall. Walkerville is 2-2 and 3-4. Manistee CC is 0-3 and 0-6.

“For the last two weeks we’ve had one game a week,” Pedigo said. “Now we’re playing two a week until the end of the year.”

On Saturday, the Panthers bounced back from a Thursday loss to Crossroads with a 76-73 home win over Kalamazoo Phoenix in non-league action.

Baldwin was up 22-16 after the first quarter but trailed 41-35 at halftime and 62-56 after the third quarter. Baldwin had a 20-11 scoring advantage in the final quarter.

Deondra McDonald had 27 points for the Panthers, while Blake Dockery added 16, Malik Pollard 15 and Ahmad Goram nine.

“We were down by 22 points in the third quarter,” Pedigo said. “We came out flat in the third quarter. We got into foul trouble.”

Baldwin also struggled at the free-throw line with a 16-of-38 clip.

“It was almost the same thing that happened to us on Thursday (in a loss to Crossroads),” Pedigo said. “We missed seven in a row late in the game.”

Phoenix brought eight players to the game but finished the final 30 seconds with four because of foul trouble.