Mason County Central overpowers Baldwin 53-37

Scott Anscomb (11) looks to make a move for Baldwin. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — This isn’t quite the way the Baldwin Panthers wanted to open their boys basketball season.

With some talent returning from a team that was 21-2 last year and a regional finalist, the Panthers opened on Tuesday against Mason Country Central.

But Baldwin could never quite get rolling and fell to a polished and disciplined MCC team 53-37 in the first game of the season for both squads.

MCC hit the key shots, grabbed the clutch rebounds and played a steady floor game to make it a long night for Baldwin.

“It was a rough start,” Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo said. “We have to box out better.  They outworked us tonight. My hat’s off to them. They out played us in every way they could. We didn’t stand up to the challenge.”

The Panthers struggled with turnovers and cold shooting in the first half and the Spartans took advantage for a 25-13 lead at the break.

It was 6-0 in fouls against Baldwin early in the game. Jacob Edwards had a pair of field goals to spark the visitors to a 10-6 lead after one quarter.

The Spartans kept the edge in the second quarter. Ty Sniegnowski had two free throws for a 21-7 lead at 3:30.

MCC continued its charge into the second half with three 3-pointers in the first 3:23, including two by Hunter Wood. Nate Nummerdor drove for a score at 37-19 lead at 3:17. The Panther offense continued to struggle. Dockery netted a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the Spartan lead to 37-25.

MCC scored four unanswered points to enter the fourth quarter with a 41-25 advantage.

Nummerdor drove again for a 45-29 lead at 4:40 and netted a baseliner moments later. Scott Anscomb scored at 1:40 to cut it to 50-37. Sniegowski hit two free throws at 1:05 for a 52-37 Spartan lead.

“Fouls killed us,” Pedigo said. “Everyone of my guys that started at some point had four fouls.”

Dockery had 12 points for Baldwin and Zach Lovett added eight. Tyler Bromley led MCC with 12 points and Nummerdor added 11 points

“We have to box out and practice hard,” Anscomb said.

Baldwin opens the West Michigan D League season at Bear Lake on Thursday.

“They’re usually a pretty good outside shooting team,” Pedigo said. “We have to work on defensive rebounding and knowing our plays and playing without fouls.”

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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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