Baldwin Members of a bridge club, viewers of the Mickey Mouse Club and people who eat turkey clubs all do those things by choice.
But those who join the ever-expanding club created by Baldwin boys basketball coach Bob Martin do so against their will.
Any opposing team scoring fewer than 55 points qualifies for the Bulldogs' Speed Limit Club, and on Friday night another member was inducted as BHS topped Ottawa, 56-48, in the Baldwin gym.
"We put another one in the Speed Limit Club," said 6-0 guard Brian Heck, who led the Bulldogs with 22 points. "That's such a big goal for us, because defense is our main thing."
Martin's inspiration came this summer when he discovered that Baldwin was 37-1 when holding opponents under 55 during the last four years.
That record is now 43-1 as the Bulldogs improved to 6-0.
"I GUESS IT just makes sense that you have a good chance to win when you hold a team down that low," said Martin.
Nine points by Heck helped the Bulldogs blitz to a 12-0 lead.
"In the first quarter we looked pretty strong, and we executed well," said Heck. "They weren't in our face defensively, and they gave us easy passes and easy shots. We did everything well."
But finishing teams has been a problem for the Bulldogs, and Friday was no exception. The Cyclones cut it to 27-23 by halftime.
Ottawa took its first lead, 28-27, on a bucket by Brandon Valentine early in the third quarter.
"It seems like every game we let the other team back into it," forward Johnny Hendry said. "We have got to learn how to put them away."
The Bulldogs finally put the Cyclones away with 10-for-10 free throwing in the fourth quarter.
BALDWIN STANDOUT Brian Sheldon didn't score until the 3:37 mark of the second quarter. The 6-5 senior finished with six rebounds and a season-low nine points.
Hendry helped pick up the slack on the inside, scoring 12 points on six-for-six shooting.
"For us to win with Brian having only nine is a real credit to everyone else," Martin said. "Johnny Hendry played very well for us tonight."
Martin also praised the play of Heck.
"I've been waiting for him to bust loose all year, and he did it in the first half," he said. "It makes a difference for our club when he's on."
Baldwin travels next Friday to Louisburg.
Baldwin 56, Ottawa 48
Judd Mourning 8-11 0-0 19, Brian Clark 2-4 1-2 5, Brandon Valentine 3-14 1-2 8, Dan Tyson 2-7 0-0 4, Todd Black 1-2 2-4 4, Jeff Dieterich 0-3 0-0 0, Cory Norwood 3-5 0-0 8, Cornelius Kingcannon 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 19-49 4-10 48. BALDWIN (56)
Brian Heck 8-11 5-8 22, Daniel Schwarz 1-4 0-0 2, Brian Sheldon 2-11 5-6 9, Ryan Ellis 2-4 1-3 5, Jamie Sledd 0-2 0-0 0, Denver Cleverly 1-5 2-3 4, Nate Perry 1-2 0-0 2, Johnny Hendry 6-6 0-0 12. Totals 21-45 13-20 56. Ottawa
Total fouls Ottawa 19, Baldwin 14. Three-point goals Ottawa 6-17 (Mourning 3-6, Valentine 1-5, Tyson 0-2, Dieterich 0-1, Norwood 2-3), Baldwin 1-5 (Heck 1-3, Sledd 0-1, Cleverly 0-1). Turnovers Ottawa 18, Baldwin 18. Fouled out Clark, Ottawa.