BHS’s title brought by ‘team’ victory
Saturday's sub-state championship was a true team win. Everyone contributed and Baldwin High School coach Bobby Taul had praise for each of the players.
Junior Heath Knight topped the scoring with 19 points, followed by junior Ben Cosman (15), senior Joe Kivett (11), senior Andy Meinen (10), sophomore Hugh Murphy (10), senior Blake Regnier (6) and senior Colin Barker (2). There were other contributions, too, both on the boards and on defense.
"There's not one single player who can go out and win it for us," said Taul. "They're playing well as a team and that's what we need."
Meinen and Cosman, both 6-foot-4 postmen, have led the team in scoring and rebounding all season. Knight, a 6-4 swingman, has elevated his offensive game over the last month and added the 3-point shot to his arsenal. Kivett, a 6-0 guard, has turned into the biggest 3-point threat and hit three in the title victory.
"Ben has been his steady 15-18 points and 10 rebounds every time out," said Taul. "Andy has had some big games and been fairly consistent. Joe has given us the outside shooter we've needed. Heath the last three weeks to a month has really come around offensively."
As pleased as Taul has been with the mainstays of the lineup, the play of a variety of role players especially during sub-state has really caught his attention.
"Hugh has really come on the last three weeks to a month. I was confident in him. He did a good job and gave us a big lift Friday and Saturday," said Taul. "Same thing with Blake. He's really risen to the occasion. He did what he had to do and played his role Saturday.
"Colin had his best two games of the season Friday and Saturday night," he said. "He's really taken hold of his role. The key in Friday's game was when he hit the 3. That was huge and it instilled confidence in him."