Baldwin hopes for another boys league title

Lindsey leads attack for Panthers

JJ Eads hopes to lead Baldwin to another league title.

JJ Eads hopes to lead Baldwin to another league title.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

BALDWIN – Baldwin’s boys basketball team will be looking to repeat as West Michigan D League championships this season.

The Panthers were 13-2 last year and had big wins were Brethren and Mesick at home in close games.

Dylan Hibma was among the key graduates as a second team WMD and second team Dream Team player.

“He ran the floor well for a post player, was a solid defender, and was very active,” Eads said. “Lavonte Palmer was all-league as a junior, great playmaker and ballhandler, and could stretch the floor, extremely quick. Leonard McNeeley and Derek Mock solidified our depth and contributed greatly to our success. We also lost Karlito McKinney (2nd team WMD and Dream Team) who transferred to BR. Anthony Austin and Chris Brown also transferred out.”

Junior point guard Carmelo Lindsey “has been a big part of our program as an underclassmen, now he is a junior and we expect more leadership from him. He will have to adjust to a bunch of junk defenses that will be thrown at him this year,” Eads said.

Senior guard Jesse Pancio “will need to handle the ball more this season to help Carmelo in the backcourt,” Eads said. “He can shoot it, now he needs to be a playmaker. 
Jalik Hawkins (senior center) will need to step up in the post Javon Hawkins  and SJ Hossler (sophomore guard/forward) will have to adjust to getting a lot of playing on the varsity level on both sides of the floor.’’

Eads has some concerns.

“We have low numbers to start the season due to quarantine and grade issues. We will be extremely inexperienced besides the starting backcourt,” he said. “We need consistent effort on the floor and in the classroom and playing through adversity with the right attitude.”

In the league, “Mesick is the heavy favorite this season,” Eads said. “Brethren, MCE and Pentwater will be very competitive, Marion will be improved. It’s actually been a rougher start for us due to what I mentioned earlier. It is nice to not have to worry about social distancing practice plans and being able to schedule scrimmages.”