Panther boys overwhelm Crossroads
BIG RAPIDS -- Playing in their first game in nearly a week, the Crossroads Charter Academy boys suffered an 82-27 loss against Baldwin on Wednesday (Feb. 12) at home in West Michigan 'D' League action.
It's the second victory of the season for the Cougars, with their last victory coming against Mesick (46-42) on the road back on Dec. 12.
With the defeat, CCA's boys are 1-14 (1-12) on the season with five more games remaining on the schedule. The Cougars are in last place in the conference.
Baldwin improves to 8-5 (7-5) and is still in the middle of the pack in the D League standings.
"We tried to apply some pressure early and tried to turn them over," Baldwin coach JJ Eads said after the game. "I thought the guys that played well considering we haven't had much time in the gym the last couple of weeks."
It was the first game in 12 days for Eads' side.
While the previous meeting between Crossroads and Baldwin resulted in only three points of separation between the Cougars and Panthers, the second and final installment of the season series had a little less parity to it.
Baldwin pressed CCA from the jump, which made the home side force some of its passes. The result was slightly more than a handful of turnovers -- some unforced -- and a 23-8 lead after the first quarter.
The number of offensive chances increased in the second quarter for Crossroads as they found ways to pass through the Baldwin press, but points still proved difficult to come by.
Halftime was ushered in after a second quarter that saw Fullteron's team score five points to make it a 54-13 game through 16 minutes.
"I'm proud of what we did tonight, but we know if we see these guys in districts, they're going to be a lot tougher," Eads said.
Baldwin opened the third quarter on a fast 6-0 run before a Raj Singh 3-pointer stopped the run before it got too dangerous.
Turnovers continued to plague the Cougars and the running clock made its debut before the end of the frame, with Baldwin on top 73-21 and in firm control of the contest.
Eads said he was most impressed by his team's ball movement and tenacity on the offensive glass.
With the clock stopping for nothing in the fourth quarter, both sides cycled through their respective benches until the final buzzer of the evening sounded.
Crossroads hosts the Bobcats of Brethren at 7 p.m. Friday to make up for the game that was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
Brethren defeated CCA 71-43 on Jan. 9.
Baldwin's next game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Walkerville at home.
Scorers for Baldwin were Lavonte Palmer 22, Dexter Hossler 14, Carmelo Lindsey 12, Dylan Hibma 12, Darrion Hayter 11, Leonard McNeeley 8, Aveon Hobbs 3.