Plotts, Ware come up big for Baldwin boys

BALDWIN – A sophomore and a junior played key roles Wednesday night, March 9, in leading Baldwin to a dramatic 55-53 Class D district semifinal victory over Marion.

Baldwin lost in the finals against McBain Northern Michigan Christian. But that didn’t take away from the dramatic win in the semifinals.

Sophomore Andon Ware scored 32 points for Baldwin against Marion.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve had in a long time. My teammates were feeding me,” Ware said. “It was a team effort. They helped me to be good tonight. From the time we were practicing, we had it in our heads that we will come and win this game. We worked hard and we did it.”

“He was so upset with his game against Northport last week that he just wanted to show he was a better player than he showed in that game last week,” Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo said.

Ware is averaging 187 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game to lead the team in those categories.

A Baldwin junior, Travis Plotts, who didn’t join the team until January, grabbed the defensive rebound against a taller Marion team to clinch the win.

“The key tonight was boxing out,” Ware said. “Travis Plotts had a huge rebound at the end of the game. We were quicker than them.”

Plotts had 21 points in last week’s 59-50 loss to Northport in the season finale.

Plotts is the only Baldwin player listed as being taller than 5-10. He’s listed at 6-1.

“I was hoping it would not go in,” he said of Marion’s last-second shot attempt in a bid to tie the game on Wednesday. “As soon as I grabbed it, I tucked the ball. It was tough tonight because I got three fouls in the first quarter. I didn’t get much playing time because of that.”

The 21 against Northport was Plotts’ high for the season.

Plotts played during the summer with his Baldwin teammates but moved to Grand Rapids. When he came back in December, he joined the team in January.

When he’s on the court, Plotts looks especially to get rebounds.

“Scoring to me is just a plus,” he said. “I want my team to win.”

He only plays basketball but Plotts is considering playing baseball for the Panthers in the

winter.

“I don’t know how we lost to Northport,” he said. “We played really good (against Marion). The first half, our shots weren’t falling, but they did in the second.”