Bowens excited over Baldwin’s basketball prospects

BALDWIN  — Clay Bowens has been looking to have this basketball season with the Baldwin Panthers be his best.

The Panther senior has been making valuable contributions for the team, which is off to a 3-1 start.

“We’re playing decent,” Bowens said, adding that playing as a team has been critical, noting that while Kevin Dillard and the other coaches are in their first season, the players have been familiar with their systems.

Bowens and other players have pointed to the 72-22 victory over Mason County Eastern, prior to the holiday break, as probably their best of the season so far.

“We played the best, very well as a team,” Bowens said.

The Panthers had 39 points in the second quarter. Good pressure defense was among the keys.

Bowens looks at rebounding as a strength for the team. Boxing out keys his rebounding performance and he’s confident he can get good positioning on all opponents. He’s also looking to shoot more, including from the corner.

All-stater Brandon Childress continues to lead the way, but Bowens agrees that others on the team are capable of making key contributions.

“We have a lot of talent,” Bowens said.

Teams like West Michigan D league foe Onekama are likely to give the Panthers a strong challenge, Bowens indicated.

“We have to box out, rebound and play good defense,” Bowens said.

The Panthers have been working out over the holiday break to resume a schedule that includes a road game Tuesday at Onekama and home contest Thursday with Brethren.

Bowen and his teammates continue to set their goals high.

“We want to go all the way to state,” Bowens said.