Boys team starts break 3-0
BALDWIN — A Thursday game against Walkerville last week would have been challenging for the Baldwin boys basketball team from the standpoint they were coming off an emotional 70-67 triple overtime victory against Pentwater the previous Tuesday.
But the contest was postponed because of the weather, a development coach Scott Pedigo didn’t necessarily want to see since his team is now idle until Jan. 8 when it plays at Onekama.
The Walkerville game had not been rescheduled as of early this week, but the Panthers are going to have 17-regularly season games within a two-month period.
“This week we’ll practice Thursdays and Fridays, and Friday we’re going to Farwell for a scrimmage,” Pedigo said, adding that next week “we’ll practice Wedneday and Thursday and will scrimmage with Coleman that Thursday or Friday.
“We only get four scrimmages during the years so we might as well use them up during the break. It hurt not playing Walkerville. I would have liked to have gotten that game in.”
They’ll have some three-game week challenges stretches. That already includes Jan. 15, 18 and 19 when they are at Northport, Manistee Catholic and Covert for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday games.
They’re likely to have another three-game week somewhere within the next two months with the Walkerville cancellation.
“From January to March, we’ll have to fit 17 games in. There will be a couple of tough stretches,” Pedigo said. “Three games in four days is not an easy deal, especially with a three-hour drive (to Covert) to top it off.”
It’s a familiar scenario from previous seasons.
But the Panthers are 3-0 and coming off a big win over Pentwater.
“It’s always nice to get that win,” Pedigo said. “I was a little disappointed in our play but that’s because it’s the one of the first times we had our five (starters) together.”
Brandon Childress, who scored 30 points against Pentwater, was out with a foot injury until the second game. He joins Andon Ware, Daekwon Fisher, Jacob Burton and Anthony Horton in Baldwin’s actual starting lineup.
Free throws remains a concern after the Panthers who were only 11-of-32 against Pentwater.
“We haven’t found our rhythm yet. We were so dependant on Andon the first two games,” Pedigo said. “I think we’re a 60 to maybe lower 70 percent (free throw) shooting team. We can’t do that against a better team.
It will come back and get you. You can work on it all you want, but sometimes to concentrate on it so much...if they think about it too much they don’t shoot well.”