Bulldogs fall victim again to Spring Hill
Baldwin High School had too many things go wrong Friday at Spring Hill to make up. It resulted in a 72-53 loss, although the Bulldogs were in the game until the third quarter.
"To me, there were two main things that contributed to the loss and one thing that led to the margin," said coach Jeff Haas. "No. 1 we got beat on the backboards 32-20. That was a pretty good margin. I think the other part was the concentration just wasn't what we like it to be.
"We had a couple of breakdowns matching up with people on transition. We bought head fakes and we had inbounding lapses. Those are concentration items," he said. "You add those things up and the points add up. That's something we'll continue to work on this week."
Still, BHS only trailed 12-11 after the first quarter and only 28-22 at halftime. But it was a 23-9 Bronco surge in the third frame that sealed the Bulldog's fate. By then, the other factor that led to the margin was evident.
"We shot the ball poorly and I think that's what led to the margin," he said. "I know we have good shooters, so I'm not that concerned about it. We're now due for a good shooting night."
He does, however, continue to be concerned about the rebounding.
"It's no secret that we're a small team," said Haas. "We really need to realize that we need a commitment to war on the boards every time on every possession. We need all of them on the boards all of the time.
"I think it goes back to those same two things -- rebounding and concentration," he said. "Prairie View was the only game where we hit the boards. We need to keep that as a point of emphasis. That and concentration. The discipline just wasn't there defensively on Friday. That' what I'm going to focus on."
BHS was led by junior Micah Mason's 15 points, 12 from junior Andrew Hannon and 10 from senior Anthony Myrick. Myrick led the way on the boards with nine rebounds and also had three blocked shots.
"That's a nice effort," said Haas. "But we need everyone on the boards."
Even the most positive area from Friday's game had a down side.
"We did get to the free throw line 31 times ... but we only hit 14," he said. "Going to the line 31 times is good. It shows we were being aggressive and going to the basket. But, it shows again that we weren't concentrating. We're a better free throw shooting team than that."
The loss dropped the Bulldog's record to 5-14 overall, but they're 4-4 in Frontier League play heading into Friday's regular season finale at Louisburg.
"We're going for a winning record in the league on Friday," said Haas. "The are a good team and we'll have to do our best to have that winning record in league play."
After that will be the first round of sub-state play Tuesday, but pairings had not been determined as of press time. Chances are the Bulldogs will be on the road for that first-round game.