Childress breaks school scoring record

PANTHERS: Baldwin senior Brandon Childress looks for an opening against MCC on Thursday. Childress scored 12 points to break the school’s scoring record. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

PANTHERS: Baldwin senior Brandon Childress looks for an opening against MCC on Thursday. Childress scored 12 points to break the school’s scoring record. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Baldwin senior scores 12 in 88-19 win over MCC

BALDWIN — It was a historic night for a couple of reasons when the Baldwin Panthers defeated Manistee Catholic Central 88-19 Thursday in West Michigan D League boys basketball action.

Brandon Childress needed seven points to break the all-time Baldwin scoring record of 1,635, held by Durand Watkins from 1989-93. He broke it when he scored in the second quarter, giving Baldwin a 37-0 lead.

Childress and Miguel Mahan had 12 points apiece.

“That’s a great accomplishment,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said of Childress’ record. “I’ve known him since he was in eighth grade. He’s a great basketball player. I wish the best for him in the future.”

Baldwin was also wearing throwback jerseys in
honor of the 1959 state runner-up
Baldwin team.

“We’ve just got to get ready for the (district) tournament,” Dillard said. “We’ve been stressing how to play the right way no matter what team we’re playing.”

The Panthers led 25-0 after the first quarter.

The Sabers started finding the 3-point range in the second quarter, hitting five triples and scoring seven points. But Baldwin led 57-17 at halftime.

That meant a running clock for the entire second half. Damon Nichols scored the first five points of the third quarter and Baldwin had a 21-0 advantage in the period for a 78-17 lead going into the fourth.

Cam Toczynski scored with 2:40 left for MCC’s first points of the half.

Nichols added 11 points for the Panthers, while Copeland scored 10. Maverick Fisher had nine.

Baldwin used various lineups throughout the game.

‘It was kind of a fun night,”
Dillard said. “We’re trying to get things in order and get ready. I think we’re ready. We have to tweak some stuff and work on some key little things and we’ll be alright, like rebounding and playing man-to-man defense. Once we get that down pat, I think we should be all right.”

Chad Robke led the Sabers with six points on a pair of triples in the second quarter.

Baldwin (15-4, 11-4 West Michigan D Leauge) plays at home Saturday afternoon against Brethren in the final regular season game. Baldwin plays Manistee Catholic Central at 6 p.m. Monday at Mason County Eastern in a first-round district game.

The Sabers ended the regular season at 4-15 overall and 3-13 in the league.

“We’re going to regroup,”
Saber coach Phil Kroll said. “There’s resiliency here. They’re going to comeback. We’ve already talked about it in the locker room. We’re going to work hard this week. We have some things we know we can do. We know we can be better.”

Baldwin’s speed was tough for his team to overcome, Kroll acknowledged.

“They’re too quick and we have to, even if we want to slow it down, come up with a better plan,” Kroll said. “And we will.”

The Panthers could very well see Brethren, a team they edged 48-46 earlier this season, for a third time in the district finals March 13.

“We just have to play hard and play good pressure man-to-man,”
Dillard said.

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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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