Baldwin basketball team crushes Pentwater

Pine River beats Evart with buzzer shot

Baldwin's Javon Hawkins takes the ball down the court agaiinst Pentwater on Wednesday.

Baldwin's Javon Hawkins takes the ball down the court agaiinst Pentwater on Wednesday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

BALDWIN – Baldwin’s boys basketball team was too much for shorthanded Pentwater in a 69-38 West Michigan D League victory on Wednesday.

Baldwin stormed out of the gate with a 20-7 first quarter lead and was up 33-17 at halftime and 55-25 after the third quarter.

“Give Pentwater credit, they were so depleted,” Baldwin coach JJ Eads said. “They were missing three starters. They’ve got the COVID bug over there and a couple of injuries. We didn’t see Pentwater’s best team tonight. They have a lot more than what they showed tonight. There’s not much you can do about that.

“The second quarter was kind of flat and I was pretty pleased with first and third. We did what we had to do in the second and third.”

Carmelo Lindsey had 18 points for Baldwin including nine in the third quarter. Jalik Hawkins had 13 points for the Panthers while Jesse Pancio and Javon Hawkins added eight apiece and Louie Jackson had seven. SJ Hossler added six points. Tyler Plummer had 13 points for Pentwater.

Baldwin is at Marion on Friday and at Manistee Catholic Central on Wednesday. Baldwin is 8-3 overall and 8-2 in the league.

Pine River 43, Evart 42

EVART – Pine River led 11-8 after the first and was tied 15-15 with the Wildcats at halftime. The Bucks led 27-25 after the third quarter and held the Wildcat off at end in Highland Conference action.

Isaiah Dennis had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists while Evan Esiline had 12 points and nine rebounds.

“It was one of those games where the fans should probably be offered a refund,” Evart coach Brian Goodenow said. “Neither team was able to get any kind of flow going on offense, and there were a ton of turnovers. I wasn’t happy with our execution but I’m proud of our heart and effort. 

“We were down by 1 with about 10 seconds left, so we called a timeout to draw up a play for Isaiah. We didn’t come close to executing it, but the ball wound up in Evan’s hands at the free throw line and he knocked down the shot of his life.”

Pine River is 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Highland and plays Friday at home against Manton.

Evart is 4-8 overall and 4-7 in the Highland and plays at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday.