Pollard, Baldwin players looking to come back from first loss

BALDWIN — Malik Pollard is confident his Baldwin boys basketball team can win a lot of games this season despite the disappointing loss last Thursday to Crossroads Charter Academy.

The Panthers got too far behind and exerted plenty of energy to rally back.

“We have to play hard and work on our free throws,” Pollard said. ‘We didn’t hit them at the end of the game. We just have to keep practicing them.”

Relaxing at the free-throw line also is critical.

Two days later, the Panthers won 76-73 over Kalamazoo Phoenix despite shooting 16-of-38 in free throws.

The loss to Crossroads also showed some defensive lapses the Panthers feel they need to correct.

“If we don’t get back on defense in time, it will cost us,” Pollard said.

The loss to CCA cuts off a 20-0 season, but Pollard is hoping a loss like that will be of benefit.

The Panthers are scheduled to play Thursday at Walkerville in West Michigan D League action. They also are scheduled to be home next Wednesday against Manistee Catholic Central.