Ludington ends Reed City's basketball season

Baldwin advances to district semifinals; Crossroads loses

Reed City boys basketball coach Steve Ernst and his team fell to Ludington in the district on Monday.

Reed City boys basketball coach Steve Ernst and his team fell to Ludington in the district on Monday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

LUDINGTON – Ludington (13-8) was able to overpower Reed City (14-7) 57-36 on March 7 in first round Division 2 district boys basketball action at Manistee.

Ludington advances to a 5:30 p.m. game on Wednesday at Manistee against Big Rapids (18-2) in Division 2 district semifinal action. The season ends for first-year Reed City coach Steve Ernst.

Canyon Reed led Reed City with nine points, followed by Isiah Moore with eight and Max Hammond and Seth Jackson with five apiece.

“Ludington was well prepared for us, made us take tough shots all night and we couldn’t get anything going offensively in the second half,” Ernst said. “Ludington led 33-24 at half and made some defensive adjustments to slow us down. Our kids played hard all night but we just couldn’t get anything to fall from the outside in the second half.”

Baldwin 68, Walkerville 33

It was Baldwin (17-4) winning at Walkerville (3-18) to advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday where it will be at McBain Northern Michigan Christian to play Mason County Eastern (16-5) in a district semifinal.

MCE beat visiting Crossroads Charter Academy on Monday 68-17.

Baldwin was 3-0 vs. Walkerville this season. On Monday, Baldwin had 12-9, 35-18 and 46-28 quarter leads over Walkerville.

“It was a bit of a slow start, then we got going,” Baldwin coach JJ Eads said.

Carmelo Lindsey had 15 points, followed by Jalik Hawkins with 10 and Dante Rogers with seven.

Baldwin beat MCE last month in a showdown for second place in the league.

“We need to close out on their shooters and keep their post players off the boards,” Eads said. “We will need to control the tempo.”