Chippewa Hills boys basketball upsets undefeated Baldwin

REMUS—It was a big game to be a Warrior after Chippewa Hills boys basketball beat the undefeated Baldwin Panthers on Tuesday night.

Chippewa Hills had been riding out a three-game losing streak but that didn't stop the Warriors from pulling off a 49-43 victory to improve to 4-3 on the year.

"We've been preaching since the beginning of the season, about not getting our nose broke before we start playing," Warrior coach Mark PeLong said. "Tonight, we came out, and we punched them in the mouth and from there, the rest of the game unfolded. I think we gained a lot of confidence with that."

The Warriors started off hot, leading 16-4 after the first quarter. This featured a hot start by guard Jordan Hansen, who scored nine points to begin the contest.

"I knew I just I need to get my confidence back and I was ready to catch the ball and shoot it." Hansen said.

The Warriors were able to hold a 25-16 lead heading into the halftime break. The third quarter saw Baldwin roar back to tie it heading into the fourth quarter at 32-32. Baldwin's Carmelo Lindsey had 10 points in the quarter. Baldwin would eventually take a six-point lead before the Warriors regained momentum.

"The biggest difference is in that fourth quarter, when they made their run, (Baldwin) got up six and we didn't fold. Big props to the kids, they are growing up. They're becoming what we envisioned," PeLong said

Foul trouble was the difference maker on the night. Both Lindsey and Louie Jackson fouled out with Jackson being limited to four points. Injuries have also hampered Baldwin. At the end of the game the Panthers had four varsity players and one JV player.available.

"The team played extremely hard tonight and I am very proud of their effort." Coach JJ Eads said. "We also struggled from the free-throw line. Despite the key injuries we had an excellent chance to pull out the victory but those two fouling out was too much to handle."

With the Panthers in foul trouble, the Warriors were able to come back and win it.

Carmelo Lindsey led Baldwin in scoring with 25 points while David Lee scored seven.

For Chippewa Hills, Hansen and Gage Saathoff finished tied for the most points, both scoring 12 points apiece. Cooper Bonham also scored 10 points.

Baldwin's next game will take place at home on Thursday against Brethren at 7:30 p.m. Chippewa Hills will face White Cloud at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m.