Crossroads set to face Baldwin in boys basketball

BALDWIN — The Baldwin-Crossroads Charter Academy rivalry in boys basketball has become an intense one in recent years and the intensity is expected to be high again Thursday when the Panthers host the Cougars in West Michigan D League action.

Both teams were snowed out Tuesday night, but expect to be center stage at Baldwin on Thursday. The Panthers are in first place in the West Michigan D at 4-0 and are 5-0 overall. Crossroads is coming off an impressive 62-48 win over Bear Lake last Thursday.

Baldwin dusted off Mason County Eastern last week 78-51.

CCA is 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Tate and Jackson Wickes, plus Britton Angell and Levi Davis have been leading the Cougars’ attack.

“Every time we play Baldwin it’s always a big game whether both teams are 0-20 or 20–0,” Kostecki said. “It’s a hard fought game by both teams. There’s good energy from both squads.”

In the league, “Baldwin is the frontrunner right now and playing good basketball,” Kostecki said. “They’re very well coached, Scott (Pedigo)  going back there to coach, helps them tremendously. They’re very athletic. They’re quick and get up and down the floor. It’s a tough match up for us. We have to play hard. It should be a good game.”

Baldwin is led by senior Deondra McDonald and junior Blake Dockery.

“I expect another good team and Jason will have them ready,” Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo said. “It will be an interesting game because I was coaching there and now I’m back. I think it will be more intense for that game than normal. They’ve been playing better and got that win over Bear Lake last week. I think they got the kinks out from earlier in the season. They’re playing better basketball now.”

The Panthers have only had one game since the holiday break.

“I’m worried about getting healthy,” Pedigo said. “I have a couple of guys with nagging injuries, stuff they can play on. We want to get everyone healthy.”

Baldwin plays home Saturday against Kalamazoo Phoenix.

“It’s one of those school where you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Pedigo said. “You get a lot of transfers in and out. They beat us last year down there. That was the first time the schools played each other. I don’t have much information on them.

“If the weather’s good hopefully we can practice (Wednesday).”