Copeland hopeful Panthers can bounce back from loss

BALDWIN  —  Da’Ron Copeland was a disappointed Baldwin  boys basketball player Friday night.

Copeland scored 17 points for Baldwin Friday night against Onekama, but his team lost a critical 60-50 game to the Portagers.

The setback put the Panthers two games behind Onekama in the West Michigan D League standings and wounded their hopes in the conference title chase.

“We had no hustle and we didn’t work together,” Copeland said. “We really don’t have the motivation to win. I don’t know what it will take to go from here.”

Copeland said “unity” is the key for his team to turn it around this season.

“We have to work together, come together and want to win and be on the same page,” he said.

Earlier in the season, Baldwin lost 65-63 to Onekama.

In the rematch last week, “we played terribly,” Copeland said. “Too many turnovers, we just gave them the upperhand. We played below our level.”

The Panthers hope to make a strong rush to end the regular season and get ready for the playoffs.

“We have to get out there, give 150 percent and hustle up and down the court,” Copeland said.