Baldwin survives in triple OT

BALDWIN — It was boys basketball drama at Baldwin Tuesday night with the Panthers scoring a 70-67 triple overtime victory over Pentwater in West Michigan D League action.

Brandon Childress netted 30 points and Andon Ware added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers who overcame a shaky 11-of-32 clip from the free-throw line.

Baldwin was 7-of-25 from the line going into the third overtime but was 4-of-6 in the third overtime. Childress hit a pair early in the third OT.

It was tied 61-61 going into the third overtime. Alex Wagner drove for a pair and a 65-63 Falcon lead at 1:50. Childress scored at the other end for Baldwin. Derek Malburg hit a free throw for the Falcons but Childress scored at the other end and a 67-66 lead. Ware fouled out moments later. With 44 seconds left, Damon Nichols’ hit a layup for a 69-67 lead and Childress netted a free throw moments later and grabbed the rebound on the defensive end to seal the win.

“I’ve never gone into triple overtime,” Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo smiled while admitting the obvious: free-throw shooting almost cost his team. “Usually Brandon is a better free-throw shooter…they’ve been shooting well the last couple of games, not great but not that poorly. A majority of our free throws were fourth quarter for overtime. We didn’t shoot any the first half.”

“It was fun,” said Pentwater coach Ashley Wojtas. “It was who was going to make that big shot. The guys coming off the bench, it was a battle of the solid team. Overall, both teams did a great job. We have to learn how to finish at the end.”

Baldwin stayed undefeated at 2-0 in the league and 3-0 overall. Pentwater is 1-2 and 2-2.

“At the end, I think we wore them down,” Pedigo said. “They physically got drained. I didn’t go that deep on my bench tonight.”

It was tied 55-55 going into the second overtime.

Jacob Burton scored underneath with 3:05 to go for a 57-55 lead. Free-throw shooting was hurting the Panthers but Daekwon Fisher score off a steal at 1:25 for a 59-55 lead. But Alex Wagner netted a triple at the other end for Pentwater and Malburg hit a triple at 0:43 for a 61-59 lead. Baldwin got the ball with 30 seconds to play and Ware tied the game with a jumper for a third overtime.

In the first overtime, Fisher scored the first basket for a 54-52 lead. Alex Wagner followed with a triple for Pentwater. Childress tied it with a free throw.

Both teams had shots rim out of the basket. With 43 seconds to play, Childress missed two free throws.

Pentwater got the ball back but couldn’t score, setting up the third OT.

It was deadlocked 26-all at halftime. But Pentwater scored six unanswered points the first minute of the third quarter. Wallstrom scored off his own backcourt steal and it was 34-26 with five minutes left in the quarter.

The Panthers were getting hurt on the offensive boards by Pentwater and continued to miss on their shots and didn’t score until 3:30 was left in the third. Ware’s 3-point play at 2:50 cut it to a 36-31 Pentwater lead.

Childress hit two free throws at 2:10 and it was 36-34. Childress connected late in the quarter and it was 39-36, Falcons.

The Panthers missed three straight free throws to open the quarter but cut it to 39-38 on a drive for two by Childress. Ware hit a layup for a 40-39 lead moments later and the donnybrook was on for the rest of the game. Wallstrom tied the game, 43-43, at 3:30 with two free throws.

Ware’s triple at 2:49 gave Baldwin a 46-45 lead. The fouls continued to pile up for Pentwater but the Panthers were having free-throw shooting woes and were 1-of-9 for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Falcons were hitting their foul shots as Wallstrom put in two at 2:06 for a 47-46 edge. Ware drove for two at 1:50 and Baldwin was up 48-47. Childress came back for a shot off the glass at 1:20 and it was 50-47. But Alex Wagner netted a long three at the other end to tie the game 50-50.

Ware got the steal and drove downcourt and was fouled with 33 seconds to play. He hit both foul shots for a 52-50 lead. With 24 seconds left, Drew Sherston made 2-of -2 free throws attempts to tie the game. Ware’s last second jumper missed and the game went into overtime.

“They shoot the three-ball well,” Pedigo said. “I warned the kids that they don’t shot it pretty but it goes in. That’s how it is.”

Sam Wagner hit two 3-pointers and Alex Wagner netted another for Pentwater in the first quarter.

But Ware had a productive first quarter with four field goals and eight points to give the Panthers a 16-13 lead going into the second period. Wallstrom had a 3-pointer and seven points in the second for Pentwater. The Panthers had problems finding their touch and got four points from Childress to keep the game tied 26-26 at the half. The best offensive play of the half came when Fisher rifled a pass to Jacob Burton underneath for an easy layup.

Childress had 10 first-half points.

Baldwin plays Thursday night at Walkerville.

 

BALDWIN 70 PENTWATER 67,

 

Pentwater 15 11 13 13 3 6 6 67

Baldwin 16 10 10 16 3 6 9 70

 

PENTWATER (1-2, 2-2)

Sam Wagner 2 (2) 0-0 10, Alex Wagner 1(3) 4-4 15, Erik Wallstrom 5(1) 7-10 20, Drew Sherston 4 2-4 10, Nick Anscombe 2 0-3 4, Joey Tharailkill 1 2-3 4, Derek Malberg 0(1) 1-2 4. Totals 15(7)16-26 67

 

BALDWIN (2-0, 3-0)

Daekwon Fisher 3 0-2 6, Brandon Childress 12 6-11 30, Andon Ware 9(1) 4-9 25, Jacob Burton 2 0-2 4, Anthony Horton 1 1-4 4, Tae Sparks-Burrell 0 0-4 0, Robert Beebe 0 0-0 0, Miguel Mahan 0 0-0 0, Damon Nichols 1 0-0 2. Totals 28(1) 11-32 70.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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