BALDWIN \u2014 First place was at stake Friday night with Baldwin and Onekama renewing their fierce West Michigan D League boys basketball rivalry. But first-place Onekama (12-1, 11-1) tightened its hold on the top spot with a 60-50 win over second-place Baldwin (8-5, 8-3). Onekama won 65-63 at home in December against the Panthers. \u201cOur defense played fairly well and we rebounded the ball well,\u201d Onekama coach Nathan Bradford said. \u201cI told my guys \u2018one game at a time.\u2019 But if we win this one, then it\u2019s in our control. If we win out, we have a good chance of being conference champs. We wanted to take care of business. Now we have a two-game lead. Being in first place, a lot of teams will give us their best shot.\u201d \u201cWe have to keep working,\u201d Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. \u201cSometimes we\u2019re up and sometimes we\u2019re down. Hopefully, we can make a stretch run in the playoffs.\u201d The first half was a tale of two quarters with Onekama dominating the first quarter and earning a 21-11 lead, and Baldwin controlling the second to cut the Portagers\u2019 halftime advantage to 26-24. Da\u2019Ron Copeland netted three 3-pointers to lead the Panthers in the first half. Caleb Wisniski and Joseph McCarthy sparked a strong inside game for the Portagers in the first quarter. Deondra McDonald helped the Panthers dominate the post in the second. Randy Pienta scored early in the third to give Onekama a 30-24 lead. Baldwin tied it 30-30 at 3:20 on Blake Dockery\u2019s baseliner. The Portagers went on a 9-0 run to end the third. Austin Sovereign\u2019s triple gave Onekama a 35-30 lead with 2:05 to play in the third. Sovereign snuck inside for a layup and a 39-30 lead with 30 seconds to go. In the fourth, Wisniski scored for a 42-32 lead at 5:30. Copeland\u2019s layup cut Onekama\u2019s lead to 44-38 at 3:35. Jacob Mauntler\u2019s baseliner gave the Portagers a 48-38 bulge, but Copeland responded with a 3-pointer. Baldwin was forced to foul late in the game and Wisniski\u2019s two free throws gave Onekama a 52-47 lead. McDonald fouled out with 54.7 seconds to play. Pienta\u2019s four straight free throws made it 56-47. \u201cWe knew coming in it was going to be a game of runs,\u201d Bradford said. \u201cI thought we started off pretty well. We shot the ball and hit a few 3s to get us rolling. Then we had a little letup right before halftime where Baldwin made a run at us. I thought we came out strong in the second half and worked inside out, got a lot of good looks and were patient with\u00a0the ball and took care of the ball.\u201d Mauntler led Onekama with 15 points, while Pienta scored 13 and Wisniski added 12. Copeland paced Baldwin with 17 points, followed by Dockery with 13 and McDonald with 12. \u201cWe didn\u2019t box out the way we should have,\u201d Dillard said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t play the way we\u2019re capable of. It\u2019s like we forget what we learned in practice. As bad as we played in the first half, we were only down by two points. We had a chance in the third quarter to come out and really put the pressure on them. We kind of laid flat and thought they were going to give us the game. We didn\u2019t play as hard as we should have.\u201d Baldwin is at Manistee Catholic Central on Friday.