Copeland set to be key player for Baldwin boys basketball team

BALDWIN — It’s no secret whenever the Baldwin Panthers are on the basketball court this season that Da’Ron Copeland will be a key contributor.

Copeland is a senior this season and brings with him substantial amount of experience from last year’s conference and district championship team.

The Panthers have a busy opening week. They are at Pentwater on Dec. 8 and home with Walkerville on Dec. 10. They also play at Muskegon Heights Dec. 11.

Prior to the holiday break, Baldwin is home on Dec. 15 with Mason County Eastern and at Onekama on Dec. 17.

“Right now, we have to work on chemistry,” Copeland said. “It’s a new group of guys, especially coming up to the varsity. They have to realize it’s a different tempo and a whole different game. We have to work on some things, getting to know each other and how we’re on the court a little better.”

Copeland was a major contributor last season, but will take on a different role.

“I’m expected to be a leader on the court, being one of the only seniors,” Copeland said, “and one of the only returning varsity members. They’ll expect me to show them the ropes and help them through the season and be at the point we need to be when we get to March.”

Copeland said he’ll see action at one-guard and two-guard this season.

“You can always improve, but it will mostly be shooting, running the court and keeping everybody focused,” he said.

Other key players will be Blake Dockery, Ahmad Goram, Brandon Beane, Tyler Clugston and Deondra McDonald.

“We’ll try to run the break as much as we can,” Copeland said. “We’ll have more centers and more forwards than guards.”

It’s not quite known how deep the Panther bench will be, Copeland said, and staying out of foul trouble will be critical.