Baldwin rolls past Pentwater

BALDWIN — It didn’t take long for the Baldwin Panthers to show they were determined to break a two-game losing streak.

Blake Dockery netted 16 first-half points and Deondra McDonald added 13 to ignite the Panthers to a 54-19 lead at halftime and an 82-46 West D Michigan League boys basketball victory on Wednesday over winless Pentwater.

“We focused on our defense,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “We were trying to get our fundamentals together, like where to be on our rotations. I think we did pretty good in the first half.”

Da’Ron Copeland hit a 3-pointer to lift the Panthers to a 23-9 first-quarter lead. Dockery and McDonald, driving to the basket at will, both had eight points in the first eight minutes.

The Panthers also started getting more scoring from others with Terrell Rogers netting a pair of threes in the second quarter and Armondo Jennings scoring four points from off the bench to ignite the 35-point lead at the intermission. The Panthers were dominating the boards at both ends and forcing Pentwater to take poor shots.

Pentwater (0-10, 0-8) opened the second half on a 7-0 run, but the Panthers followed with a 5-0 run including a layup from McDonald. Two Copeland free throws made it 69-30 at 3:21. It was 73-37 going into the fourth. Copeland drove for a layup and 75-39 lead early in the fourth.

“In the second half, we came out sluggish because we were up so big,” Dillard said. “We want to correct that.”

McDonald scored 22 points, while Dockery put in 19, Maleke Palmer added 18 and Armondo Jennings scored eight points.

“I was proud of some of the other guys who came off the bench,” Dillard said.

Max Stoneman scored 14 points for Pentwater.

“We scored a lot, a season high, and had a lot of rebounding,” Jennings said. “But I think we need to box out more like we do in practice. I know we’re better.”

Baldwin (6-4, 6-2) went on to win at Walkerville Friday.

“We have to get these two wins, including Walkerville on Friday,” Jennings said after the Pentwater game. “Then we go against Onekama (Feb. 5) against a team we lost to and should have won.”

“This was good because it’s a home win and we’re happy to have a conference win,” Dillard said.