Copeland confident Panthers can keep winning ballgames
BALDWIN — Da’Ron Copeland continues to have a strong sophomore basketball season for Baldwin.
Copeland and the Panthers last played a week ago in a 75-71 overtime loss to Frankfort, their first setback of the season.
“Second-chance baskets was a big factor,” Copeland said. “If we didn’t give up so many, it would have been a different outcome.”
The Panthers also lost to Frankfort in the regional semifinals in overtime a year ago. There’s a chance to the teams could meet again somewhere in the playoffs.
“We’d have to prepare ourselves mentally for the game,” Copeland said. “We have to be ready and work on the things that happened that caused them to win in the first place.’
It’s Copeland’s first full varsity season and he has seen action as a starter and from off the bench.
“I’m used to the pace now. It seems like it’s natural,” he said, adding that his role over the year “has changed a little bit. I’m not really the guy they look to to score. But I help on the court.”
Copeland isn’t sure if he’s more effective from off the bench or as a starter.
“I think I provide a little bit of spark from off the bench,” he said. “As long as I get to play...”
The Panthers have had three games postponed since the Frankfort contest. They’re set to host Pentwater on Friday and play Saturday at Crossroads.
“It’s been upsetting, since we’re looking forward to the game,” Copeland said.
His team is focusing on “defense, getting the bucket and hustling,” he said. “Boxing out and we’ve got to get the rebound.”