Chippewa Hills too much for Baldwin
BALDWIN — An evenly played game in the first half turned dramatically in Chippewa Hills’ favor over Baldwin in the third quarter of Tuesday’s boys basketball opener for both teams.
Chippewa Hills had a 24-23 halftime lead, but outscored the Panthers 26-6 in the third quarter to take control and advance to a 70-48 non league win.
“We’re real young and it showed early in the game,” Warrior coach Lenny Starck said. “We settled down after that and good things happened. I’m excited about the young kids.”
“We’re young and my seniors can’t do it by themselves,” Baldwin coach Bob Watkins said. “I have to try to mature the kids faster than what Mother Nature will do. We learned a lot from our scrimmage and we learned lot here. We have to change the way we practice.”
Chippewa Hills had an 11-10 lead after the first quarter. Eli Elliott had a putback for a 15-10 Warrior lead early in the second. Andre Hobbs drove for two to help Baldwin cut the lead to 17-16 midway in the quarter. Ian Lemieux’s 3-pointer tied the game 19-19 but the Warriors ended the half with the one-point lead.
Levi Rogers opened the third with a 3-pointer and his team never lost its momentum offensively. Sam Cole had a 3-point play for a 34-27 Chippewa Hills lead. Alex Ehnis’ putback made it 38-27 and Baldwin’s shooting woes continued. It was 50-29 going into the fourth.
“We did a better job defensively,” Starck said of the third quarter. “We limited their dribble and penetration, which allowed us to get some steals.”
Rogers’ 3-point basket early in the fourth gave the Warriors a 53-31 lead. He hit another one later for a 58-33 lead.
“Turnovers killed us,” Watkins said. “They were unforced turnovers. Some of that comes from fatigue. We make it harder on ourselves when we turn the ball over. Chippewa Hills had numbers and we had seven players.”
Jack Frebes led the winners with 17 points and Elliott had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Hobbs had 14 for Baldwin while Darrion Hayter had 12.
On Friday, Baldwin is at Pentwater in West Michigan D League play. Chippewa Hills has a non-league game Tuesday at Farwell.