Undefeated Panthers set to take on tough schedule

BALDWIN — It’s been almost three weeks since they last played a boys basketball game, but the Baldwin Panthers and coach Scott Pedigo are eager to get back at it.

Baldwin resumes Michigan D League action at West Custer Mason County Eastern on Jan. 5.

The following week will be a busy one with home games on Jan. 10 against Grand Rapids Ellington Prep, Jan. 12 against Crossroads Charter Academy and Jan. 14 against Kalamazoo Phoenix.

The Panthers are 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league.

During the break, the Panthers had seven practices, plus scrimmages at Morley Stanwood and Buckley.

“It was good to get us to play someone else,” Pedigo said. “It’s hard to play games when you’re just playing against each other.”

Practices over the holidays aren’t mandatory, but the Panthers have had some good turnouts.

“Ahmad (Goram) and Armondo (Jennings) both got hurt last week,” Pedigo said. “Ahmad got hurt at Buckley and was back (on Monday). Armondo got hurt at Morley. I’m hoping to get healthy enough. We were looking at one point at just seven guys.”

He expects to get another eligible player back on Jan. 16.

“You look at it, and in just 10 days, we’ll play more games than we have all year,” Pedigo said.

Getting back to school (Tuesday) and having a regular routine should also help the situation, Pedigo said.

Senior Deondra McDonald is among the Panthers off to a strong start. But playing strong opponents during the holiday break could prove to be a blessing in disguise, he indicated.

“It’s been going good,” he said. “We’re been working hard. We had a little bit of a revelation over the break against Buckley in a scrimmage. We had been content to where we’re at. But now we went back at it and are working hard.”