Offensive struggles doom Bulldogs
Gardner A poor offensive first half doomed the Baldwin High School boys' basketball team here Friday night.
The Bulldogs managed just 10 points during the first 16 minutes of play as they found themselves down 20-10 at halftime. The Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers continued to pour it on during the second half as they defeated Baldwin 50-39.
"Nothing was going well for us as a team Friday," freshman Justin Vander Tuig said. "We just didn't have any chemistry."
Friday marked the second straight Frontier League loss for the Bulldogs as they were defeated at De Soto the week before. It was also the first time all season they lost consecutive games.
BHS players couldn't point their finger at the exact problem during the first half of Friday's loss. Junior Brandon Tommer did offer one simple explanation.
"We were shooting really badly," Tommer said. "I think we just need to get our confidence back and we'll be fine."
Baldwin did begin to score points in the second half, but it just matched the Trailblazers basket for basket. BHS trailed 33-22 after the third quarter, but could never get closer than seven points during the final minutes of the game.
"The game was really physical and I think we got caught up in it," coach Eric Toot said. "We didn't really match how physical they were being. We struggled offensively because we were getting bumped, not necessarily fouled. It was just a physical game."
Senior Drew Berg was the only Bulldog to score in double digits on Friday as he led the team with 14 points. Tommer added eight points.
As a team the Bulldogs shot 41 percent from the field, including 0-for-4 from three-point range They were also 15 of 25 from the free throw line.
"We just weren't running our offense," Tommer said. "We weren't doing what coach was saying. We were free lancing and we weren't organized at all."
Baldwin will next host Louisburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday.