Baldwin remains undefeated with easy win against Brethren
BALDWIN — Baldwin’s boys basketball team will enter the holiday break undefeated.
The Panthers (4-0, 3-0) made certain of that with a 69-24 West Michigan D League boys basketball victory over Brethren on Thursday.
Blake Dockery scored 22 points while Deondra McDonald netted 17, Malik Pollard had 14 and Armondo Jennings had seven.
“I thought our defense was getting a little better,” Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo said. “We showed we could play half-court pressure defense. I was happy with that. I still think we’re making some poor decisions on offense some times.
The Panthers fired out to a 12-0 lead on a Jennings putback. McDonald drove for a basket and 15-3 lead after the first quarter. Malik Pollard penetrated for a basket and 22-3 Baldwin lead in the second. Dockery had a slam dunk late in the second for a 29-6 Panther advantage.
Baldwin was up 57-22 after the third quarter.
“We passed the ball well and played good defense,” Ahmad Goram said. “We got some good rebounds and communicated well.”
Dockery’s 3-pointer gave his team a 60-22 lead early in the fourth. Dockery’s basket moments later put Baldwin up by 40 and Pedigo emptied the bench.
“We’re putting on enough pressure so people aren’t getting extra looks,” Pedigo said. “Kameron Danks had 35 points the other night.”
But on Thursday, Danks scored only three for Brethren.
“We did a great job defending, and I thought we shared the ball well tonight,” Pedigo said.
Baldwin’s next game is on Jan. 5 at Mason County Eastern.
“The key is good plays, run the plays and moving the ball round for open shots,” Jennings said.
The Panthers will be practicing next week and has two scrimmages set up for the week of Christmas.
“We have to come to practice and stay focused,” Goram said.