Copeland getting job done for Panthers

BALDWIN — Da’Ron Copeland is playing a key role for the Baldwin basketball team in his junior season.

Tuesday night at Walkerville, Copeland had 15 points, three rebounds and four assists in a 93-46 Panther victory.

Last week in a win against Pentwater, Copeland had a solid floor game. The Panthers bounced back from a loss to Muskegon Heights.

“In the second half, we were a little more focused and we got our heads in the game,” Copeland said. “We started playing basketball.”

The Panthers have been adjusting to new coach Kevin Dillard, who took over the post in late November.

“We’re getting better,” Copeland said. “We’re learning our roles, playing how we’re supposed to play and doing our jobs.”

Copeland said his role includes being a shooter.

“I’ll shoot the ball and pass when I need to,” he said. “I feel that I can handle the ball well.”

Brandon Childress scored 39 points against Walkerville, but in the first half against Pentwater, he sat on the bench a lot because of foul trouble. The Panthers were able to maintain the lead.

“If he is in foul trouble, we can’t stop playing the game,” Copeland said. “We have to be able to replace (Childress’ presence).”

Copeland is working on improving his shooting and dribbling the ball.

Compared to last season, “I feel I’m a better player,” he said. “I take my time in moving the ball around.”

Miguel Mahan, a new addition to the team this year, had 17 points in the third quarter against Pentwater.

“He can be a pretty good weapon,” Copeland said. “We all have to be a team, a family.”

Muskegon Heights “was a team we could have beaten,” Copeland said.