Baldwin boys tough season continues
The Baldwin High School boy’s tough basketball season continued with two losses in the past week.
The Bulldogs fell Friday to Spring Hill, 51-40, and again Monday to Wellsville, 70-49. Although the end result was the same in both contests, the two games started and ended much differently.
Baldwin started strong in Monday’s loss in the first round of the seven-team Baldwin Invitational Tournament. Behind 6-5 senior center Christian Gaylord’s eight early points, the team had the advantage through most of the first quarter, which ended in a 18-18 tie. But even with the early solid play, there were signs of concern. Gaylord had several first-quarter shots roll off the rim. That became a bigger problem as he added only three more points the remainder of the game.
“I honestly don’t know where we get points if Christian is off,” coach Paul Musselman said.
The game started to slip away from the Bulldogs in the second quarter when the team started turning the ball over against the Wellsville press, an area that has been a problem for the team all year long. Wellsville capitalized with drives to the basket, often getting fouled in the process. The Eagles made 8-of-9 free throws in the period as it built a 36-30 halftime advantage.
Baldwin couldn’t recover its early mojo in the second half, as Wellsville continued to build on its lead.
It was a bad start that doomed Baldwin in Friday’s game against Spring Hill. The Bulldogs were shutout in the first quarter and didn’t score until more than 4 minutes had elapsed in the second period. By that time, Spring Hill led, 22-0.
From that point on, Baldwin was the better team, outscoring the visiting Broncos 40 to 29. The Bulldogs got back into the game by using a weapon that has been so effective against them this season — the press.
Musselman said it was good to see fear in the opposing players.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it proved to be another in a series of comeback attempts that fell short. Baldwin closed to within five points in the fourth quarter before being undone by three-straight turnovers.
With the two losses, the Bulldogs’ overall record fell to 1-9. The team will play its second game of pool play in the BIT at 7 p.m. Friday against Kansas City Harmon.
Wellsville 70, Baldwin 49
BHS 18 12 0 11 - 49
WHS 18 18 16 18 - 70
Baldwin scoring: Austin Ward 4, Isiah DeLatorre 1, Nick Pattrick 5, Garrett Burkhart 3, Braxton George 2,
Cole Kruger 8, Christian Gaylord 11, Jackson Barth 11
Wellsville scoring: Brown 2, Silsby 16, Gretencord 11, Breithaupt 2, (11) Smith 7, Verhulst 7, Klamm 21, Christ 2 Smith 2
Spring Hill 51, Baldwin 40
SHHS (4-3, 2-2) 11 13 15 12 - 51
BHS (1-8, 0-5) 0 8 21 11 - 40
Baldwin scoring: Austin Ward 2, Eric Peterson 4, Garrett Burkhart 2, Braxton George 5, Cole Kruger 4, Jackson Barth 4, Christian Gaylord 19
Spring Hill scoring: Ty Heinrich 3, Danny Hodge 25, Ivan Hughes 8, Trey Heinrich 15