Baldwin slips past Pentwater 39-37 for first win

Leading the defensive effort for Baldwin are Blake Dockery (13), Divante Ponder (45) and Andre Hobbs (1). (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — Baldwin made the key plays on both ends of the court to gain that elusive first win of the season in Tuesday West Michigan D League boys basketball action.

The Panthers (1-2, 1-1) didn’t have it easy with the Falcons (1-1, 1-1) but pulled out the 39-37 win.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo said. “We have to learn how to play together. We’ve struggled with that. I thought our defense played a little better tonight. Offensively, we have to take care of the ball a little more.”

Blake Dockery scored seven points in the first quarter and the Panthers led 11-7. He scored five more in the second but the Baldwin offense struggled and Pentwater was up 18-16 at halftime.

Pentwater was up 30-28 going into the fourth quarter. The Panthers tied it 31-31 early in the fourth. Dockery scored on a drive for a 33-31 lead.

Ian Stewart tied the game for Pentwater. But Scott Anscomb’s long 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 36-33 advantage with two minutes to play.

Both teams struggled with turnovers during key moments. Anscomb hit two free throws with 58 seconds to play for a 58-53 lead.

Miller scored to make it 58-55 and Dockery was called for a technical. William Sproul missed both foul shots, however. Pentwater had the ball but Anscomb made a steal and hit a free throw with 24 seconds to go. Max Stoneman scored with 11.6 seconds to go and Baldwin’s lead was 39-37. The Panthers turned the ball over and Pentwater had another chance. Ahmad Goram grabbed the defensive rebound as time expired.

“We had a good game, we got the win,” Dockery said. “It’s all about defense. Then we’ll have offense to back it up.”

Dockery had 18 points and Anscomb 12 for Baldwin.

“We have to work on getting another guy to score,” Pedigo said. “We’re seeing all these different zones and it’s slowing our game down and affecting us too much.”

Stewart led Pentwater with nine points.

Baldwin is at Brethren on Thursday in conference action.

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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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