Player ejected, four technical fouls, but undefeated Baldwin survives Mesick

Coach Eads: Panthers edge Bulldogs during 'wild contest'

MESICK – Two West Michigan D League boys basketball powerhouses went at it on Thursday night at Mesick with the Baldwin Panthers remaining undefeated at 8-0 with a thrilling 69-63 win over the host squad.

Mesick fell to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Baldwin is now on top of the standings at 6-0.

It was a wild night. Baldwin coach JJ Eads said so.

“We won a wild contest at Mesick,” Eads said. “We were up 35-29 at halftime. Mesick went on a run after halftime.

“We had some things really go against us at the end of the third quarter including four technical fouls and an ejection of a starter.”

Baldwin trailed Mesick 53-41 after the third quarter but had a 25-10 scoring advantage in the fourth period.

Carmelo Lindsey had 14 points in the fourth quarter for Baldwin.

“He helped with our team on offense, and the team defense was outstanding, especially with everyone in foul trouble and  being shorthanded,” Eads said.

Lindsey had 32 points while David Lee and Louie Jackson had 10 apiece and Chance Dockery had eight, including a big 3-pointer in the fourth.

Eads, who also coached girls basketball at Crossroads and boys basketball at Reed City, thought he saw it all prior to Thursday’s game.

“It was probably one of the most improbable victories I’ve ever had as a coach,” Eads said.uar