Childress nets 39 points in victory over Walkerville

WALKERVILLE — Brandon Childress netted 39 points and had five rebounds, five steals and three blocks in leading Baldwin to a 93-46 West Michigan D League win over Walkerville on Tuesday.

“We controlled the game for the most part,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “We were playing good basketball and getting used to each other.”

Da’Ron Copeland added 15 points, three rebounds and four assists while Brenton Childress had 12 points.  

“Da’Ron played a good game as point guard,” Dillard said. Copeland “played a great game as point guard.”

“He distributed the ball well. Brenton Childress was more aggressive this game.”

Baldwin led 25-13 after the first quarter. Childress scored 17 points in the second quarter and Baldwin led 56-25 at halftime. It was 75-35 after three quarters. The Panthers had an 18-17 scoring edge in the fourth.

“Overall, we played a good game,” Dillard said. “There are some things we have to work on.”

Brandon Childress “was getting his points from inside the lane,” Dillard said. “He had a couple of of monster alley oop dunks, one off the backboard and one from a teammate.”

Baldwin, 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, plays Thursday at Custer-Mason County Eastern. This will be the final game for the Panthers prior to the holiday break.

“I don’t know too much about them,” Dillard said. “I know Crossroads played them and had a lead against them. We want to be playing good basketball going into the break and have the players get more used to me and our system for the New Year.”

After the break, action resumes with a home game Jan. 7 against Brethren.