Baldwin defeats MCE

Victory put Panthers in title game

SJ Hossler

SJ

Hossler

Star photo/John Raffel

BALDWIN – One area team was left in the boys basketball district tournament:

The Baldwin Panthers.

Coach JJ Eads’ team defeated Mason County Eastern 59-52 in a semifinal game on Wednesday (March 9) at McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

Baldwin was tied with MCC 14-14 after the first quarter but trailed 26-25 at halftime. It was tied 42-42 after the third quarter.

“It was a back-and-forth game seemingly all night,” Eads said. “We were very sluggish at times. We just had two many turnovers. It was a 3-point game with under 30 seconds left. We made enough plays to win.”

SJ Hossler was huge for Baldwin with 22 points including 15 in the second half and hit four straight free throws in the last minute.

Carmelo Lindsey had 15 points for Baldwin and Javon Hawkins had eight.

Baldwin played the host school (21-0)  on Friday (see related story).

McBain 47, Pine River 25

MCBAIN – A poor third quarter for Pine River the Bucks (8-13) on Wednesday, March 9,  in this loss to host McBain. The Ramblers were up 11-8 after the first quarter, 21-19 at halftime and 39-20 after the third quarter.

Isaiah Dennis and nine points and nine rebounds while Evan Esiline  had nine points and six rebounds for Pine River.

“You're not going to win varsity basketball games scoring 25 points,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow. “We did a very poor job of handling pressure, which resulted in a whole lot of turnovers. McBain did everything they needed to win - they shot the ball well, rebounded well and took care of the basketball.

“We are very sad to see the high school careers of Isaiah Dennis and Lukas Fisher end on this note, but it doesn't diminish their contributions, and I'm very grateful. We will have a solid core coming back next year and will work very hard to improve between now and then.”