Lindsey approaching 1,000-point career mark

Baldwin junior just seven points from magical number

Baldwin's Jalik Hawkins dribbles to the basket vs. Hesperia.

Baldwin's Jalik Hawkins dribbles to the basket vs. Hesperia.

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BALDWIN – Carmelo Lindsey scored 21 points in his final home game of the season for Baldwin, falling short of reaching the 1,000-point career mark in front of his local fans.

But he has one more regular-season game to reach it, not to mention the entire postseason which starts next week.

Not to mention all of next season, either.

Lindsey is only a junior but has been scoring a ton of points for varsity since his freshman season and entered Tuesday’s game needing 28 points to pass 1,000. The Panthers (15-4) won handily 61-24 over Hesperia (1-17) and Lindsey didn’t play much in the second half with the running clock in force.

Lindsey scored eight points in the first half and 13 in the third quarter. 

“It was a slow start,” Baldwin coach JJ Eads said. “It usually is with senior night and a lot of emotions and things going on.”

Also for Baldwin, SJ Hossler scored 10 points while Jesse Pancio had nine pointson three triples. Louis Jackson had seven points, Jalik Hawkins six points and Javon Hawkins five.

Pancio and Jalik Hawkins are the two seniors for Baldwin.

Eads admitted in Lindsey’s case, it’s unusual for a junior to be approaching 1,000 points.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s something to get that many points this early in his career.”

Baldwin plays at Walkerville on Monday in a first-round district game. If the Panthers win, they face MCE at McBain Northern Michigan Christian in a district semifinal on March 9.

Against Hesperia, “it went pretty good,” Lindsey said “We could have played a little better in the second quarter.”

Lindsey would have preferred scoring his 1,000 points at home but is looking forward to doing it, perhaps, at Bear Lake.

“Always work hard, try your hardest,” he said. “We’re playing good and ready for districts. Defense will be the key.”