Baldwin scores another impressive victory over Bear Lake opponents

BEAR LAKE — Baldwin’s boys basketball team scored an impressive West Michigan D League victory last Thursday over Bear Lake 77-73.

The Panthers defeated the Lakers earlier in the season 67-59.

Deondra McDonald scored 26 points, followed by Blake Dockery and Da’Ron Copeland with 16 apiece.

“We came out ready to play and great defense kept them in the game,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “We had a lot of turnovers during the crucial moments of the game. We were very fortunate to close that game out. It could have gone either way.”

The Panthers had two very competitive games with Bear Lake this season.

“Bear Lake is a good team and played well down the stretch,” Dillard said. “Brandon Beane chipped in with a huge 11 points for us.”

Bear Lake was led by Jordan Anderson with 24 points and nine assists, Michael Belinsky with 14 points and six rebounds and Kaiden Hejl with 13 points.

“There were too many turnovers,” Bear Lake coach Garret Waller said. ‘We got out rebounded and we turned the ball over 20 times. That’s about five or six more times than what  I’d like to see. There were just mental turnovers, just mental mistakes, just dumb turnovers that can’t happen against a good team.

“There aren’t a lot of teams that are quicker than us or more athletic than us, but these guys are. They can jump higher. You can’t have mental mistakes, turnovers, and not box out against a team like that, or you’re going to drop one.”

Pioneer Sports Network writer Scott Yoshonis contributed to this report.