BALDWIN — Brandon Beane has emerged as a key player for Baldwin’s basketball team and is hoping the Panthers will especially come alive when the season resumes in January.

Baldwin is 3-2 after a loss last Thursday, 65-63, to Onekama in a battle for first place in the West Michigan D League. The season resumes Jan. 5 at Brethren in another conference battle. The next home game is Jan. 7 against Manistee Catholic Central.

“It was a really good game, I could say,” Beane said. “We played together. But I honestly think we played down to their game speed instead of playing on ours. A lot of it was the refs with calls being made against us. It was pretty tough.”

After five games, “we’re looking pretty good,” Beane said. “But we have the potential to be great. We have to keep practicing and working together.”

Beane indicated that perhaps the team worries about its offense too much.

“We have to work on our defense,” he said. “The offense will come. Shots are being made. We have to finish more.”

The Panthers are still having practices over the break and are looking to stay sharp.

The key to beating teams like Onekama and Brethren in upcoming games, Beane said, “is to come together and play at our own game speed so we can execute and win.”