BALDWIN – Brandon Childress picked an ideal time to have his career high in scoring.

Childress, a junior, scored 30 points in Baldwin’s 70-67 triple overtime victory in boys basketball play against Pentwater on Tuesday.

The win put Baldwin at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the West Michigan D League.

Childress acknowledged it might have been as wild of a game he’s been involved with. But the team stay in control, he noted.

“It was defense, really,” he said. “We had pressure on the ball, and we got a big five second out of bounds call.”

Despite the strong offense, the Panthers struggled at the free throw line with 11 of 32 shooting.

“We have to work on that,” Childress said. “In bigger games, it will come down to free throws. We could have ended it the first overtime if we hit our free throws.

“We showed heart and never quit. There were a few chances we could have quit. But we kept fighting.”

Childress missed the first game with a foot injury but is at full health right now, he said.

The Panthers play at Walkerville Thursday with hopes of going 4-0.

“I think we can beat a lot of teams and push for the conference championship if we come to work every day in practice,” Childress said, adding the better ball handling and cutting down on turnovers will be critical.

Childress, a sophomore, is in second varsity season.

“I think I’ve improved a lot over the summer and going to the summer camp,” Childress said.

He’s expecting Bear Lake and Manistee Catholic Central to be strong in the league.