Copeland eyes strong performances in upcoming boys basketball games

BALDWIN — Panther senior Da’Ron Copeland has had a huge boys basketball season for Baldwin so far and is hoping it gets even better in upcoming days.

The Panthers were idle last week but came back on Monday with a 72-48 victory over Traverse City Christian to improve their record to 13-5.

“We’re focusing on overall hustle, as always, give 100 percent, and playing smart, working as a team,” Copeland said during practice last week.

A key recent win for Baldwin was at home over Crossroads. The Cougars had beaten Baldwin in Big Rapids earlier during the season.

“We could have played better,” Copeland said. “I’m just glad we got the win. We came out intense. We came out working together and we got the win together. That feels good.”

Copeland’s expecting a good test at Bear Lake Thursday against another formidable league team.

“We need to look at it that all the teams we play are at an equal level,” Copeland said. “We have to play them if they’re good regardless if we don’t think they are, so we can come out and win the game and not make it close. I think the next couple of games will be tough. That’s the way we should look at it.

“The toughest team in the districts should be Brethren. They always compete with us. MCC will be OK. We have to play our game of basketball and we should be good. I think I’m playing pretty good. I’m doing what I need to do to get the job done and helping our team get the win.”

He’s also been on the bowling team this season.

Copeland took first place in the conference tournament.

“I came out in the first game bad,” he recalled. “In the second game, I bowled a 220. And it was all looking good from there.”

The 229 was his season high.

“I threw a 215 in practice,” he said. “That was the highest game I did all season. Bowling has been fun. I wish I had done that since my freshman year.”