BHS boys enjoy Creighton camp
Sudden death overtime is common in several sports. Not basketball.
However, members of the Baldwin High School boys' basketball team experienced their first sudden death overtime on the court last weekend.
The Bulldogs' first game at the Creighton University team camp on Friday ended in overtime. BHS found itself on the wrong side of the first-team-to-score-wins type of extra period.
"The sudden death overtime was really weird," senior-to-be Zach Durr said. "I've never seen that before in basketball."
Baldwin lost the first game 53-52 to a team from Albany, Mo. The opening loss didn't deter the Bulldogs from having success during the rest of the weekend.
They finished the weekend with a 4-2 record. Their performances put a smile on their coach's face. Although Eric Toot couldn't coach his players, because of state regulations, he was in Omaha, Neb., watching his team.
"I was pleased with how they played, especially on Saturday," Toot said. "They got off to a rough start on Friday. I think once we got adjusted and used to playing again, we did some really good things on Saturday."
BHS football coach Mike Berg coached the BHS players.
The Bulldogs did rebound from their opening loss with a convincing victory over a squad from Grundy Center, Iowa. They won 47-29 Friday.
However, they would lose their next game. It would be their final loss of the weekend. BHS was beaten by Class 5A Shawnee Heights 57-40.
"We played one team that was really solid," junior-to-be Sam Beecher said of Shawnee Heights. "A lot of the other teams were as good as us. It was good competition and we came out on the winning side of most of the games."
Baldwin rested up Friday night and came back to win all three contests Saturday. To begin the day, BHS crushed West Holt, Neb., 64-31.
Then BHS hung on for a close win over Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Minn., 36-33. In the final game of the weekend, Baldwin defeated Newman-Grove, Neb., 66-42.
"I thought it was really fun," Durr said of the camp. "We kept really busy with six games in two days. I think we got a lot out of it and got a lot better.
"I think we should have gone 5-1, but it was good going 4-2, too," Durr said. "There was some good competition there."
The Bulldogs and their coach were happy to be playing teams from other states, instead of the usual area teams they play at the Baker University summer league.
"The camp went really well," Toot said. "I thought we got a lot out of it. We got to play some different teams other than the ones we usually see at the Baker league."
Beecher agreed with his coach. He enjoyed competing against teams from different states.
"We got to see what other teams are like outside the state," Beecher said. "We played teams from Minnesota, Iowa and other states. It was nice to see new faces."
Another reason the Bulldogs took the trip to Omaha was team bonding. The nine Bulldogs stayed together in the same dorm and had fun hanging out with their teammates.
"There was a lot of good competition there," Beecher said. "It was a good chance to hang out with our teammates and bond together."
Durr said the team was able to mesh on and off the basketball court during the weekend.
"It was a lot of fun," Durr said. "We all stayed in the same dorm. We kind of bonded together in the dorm. Then we went out on the court and tried to have fun. It was a successful trip."
The four seniors-to-be were Drew Berg, Josh Beaulieu, Jesse Green and Durr. The four juniors-to-be were Clad Kueffer, Brandon Tommer, Connor Wright and Beecher. The other player was freshman-to-be Justin Vander Tuig.
"I think it's important that our kids got to mesh before we get into next season," Toot said. "I think all nine had good moments that will carry with them into next season."