Panthers survive battle of unbeaten teams

BOYS BASKETBALL

Baldwin 61, White Cloud 39

BALDIWN – Both teams were 4-0 entering this nonleague game on Monday but the Panthers prevailed.

Baldwin had quarter leads of 16-13, 26-19 and 49-33.

Carmelo Lindsey had 25 points while David Lee and Louie Jackson added 14 apiece and SJ Hossler had eight.

“It was a great team effort on defense and we moved the ball well enough against their pressure,” Baldwin coach JJ Eads said. “It was one of the better defensive efforts we’ve had. They usually scored quite a bit. It was a great win going into the break.”

Baldwin will be home against Walkerville on Jan. 5.

Pine River 51, Mancelona 41

MANCELONA – Pine River had quarter leads of 19-9, 31-12 and 36-27 on Monday 

Trevor Holmquist had 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and four assists for the Bucks, Austin Dean had 14 points and five assists, and Nathan Marks had six points.

“We knew from film that Mancelona didn’t have a lot of size, so we moved Trevor into the starting lineup along side Evan,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “That gave us 6-foot-4-inches and 6-5 inside. Trev is a sophomore and it was his first career start, but the guys understood the advantage and they did a great job of feeding him for 10 points in the first quarter.

“We came out flat in the third and got away from what was working and let them back in it. It was a dogfight from there. In the fourth we fed the post again and Trevor made three more buckets. Nathan Marks came up big with six points in the final quarter, including 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch.”

Cole Crawford pulled down eight big rebounds in the game.

“I’m proud of the effort tonight, but we need to keep working on the mind set to put teams away,” Goodenow said.

The Bucks are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Highland Conference.

The Bucks play at Evart on Jan. 4.