Baldwin Nineteen to zip.
That was the count before Osawatomie registered its first basket with 1:18 left in the first quarter. By halftime, Baldwin held a 35-9 advantage and was well on its way to a 60-38 trouncing of the Trojans Friday night at the Baldwin gym.
"You don't do that very often for sure," Bulldog coach Bob Martin said of his team's torrid start. "Our defense looked really good early, and offensively we executed real well."
The Bulldogs, tied for fourth in the latest Class 4A coaches poll, held the Trojans to 1-for-13 shooting from the field in the first quarter and grabbed a 19-2 lead.
"I was really surprised when I looked at the scoreboard and saw it was 17-0, then 19-0. I didn't realize it was that bad," said Sheldon, who led all scorers with 21 points. "We live by our defense, and tonight I guess it showed."
THE TROJANS' shooting woes continued into the second half. Osawatomie, winners of six straight games, didn't reach double figures until 4:33 left in the third quarter.
Baldwin's starting lineup had a different look for the second straight game. Junior Denver Cleverly received his first start and finished with seven points. He also had seven in the Bulldogs' 56-54 win at Central Heights on Tuesday.
"Denver had a real good game on Tuesday night," Martin said. "He's been playing real well lately, and I thought he deserved a chance to start."
Senior point guard Daniel Schwarz has been the starting point guard since the beginning of his junior year but came off the bench on Friday.
"We may be rotating our lineups a little bit," Martin said. "I don't want to have anything set for awhile. We have eight players who are starters as far as I'm concerned, and any one of them could start. All that's important is who's in at the end of the game."
ANOTHER NEWCOMER to the Baldwin starting lineup was Johnny Hendry, who tallied 10 points in his first start on Tuesday and had 12 against the Trojans on Friday.
"Johnny has really dedicated himself to basketball this season," Sheldon said. "Teams are keying on me a lot and that's leaving him open. I get the ball and look for him."
Baldwin, 8-1, will face Garnett in the Baldwin Inviational Tournament on Tuesday. The Bulldogs have finished second in the tourney for two straight years.
Osawatomie dipped to 6-3.