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Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 1992

BULLDOGS ROLL, 73-56

January 22, 1992

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— Hosts should be kind to their guests, but maybe Baldwin has been a bit too gracious when it comes to the Baldwin Invitational basketball tournament.

Baldwin hasn't won its own tournament in 17 years, but took a step in the right direction on Tuesday night with a 73-56 thrashing of Garnett.

"The first thing we have to do is get to the finals, and it's not going to be an easy road," said Baldwin coach Bob Martin.

Baldwin has been the tournament runnerup for the last two years, but hasn't won it since 1974. The Bulldogs have captured the Baldwin Invitational only twice in the tournament's 23-year existence.

Baldwin is the top-seeded team this year. Consequently, the Bulldogs drew eighth-seeded Garnett as their opening foe.

"WE EXPECTED to win. I think all of us did," said Brian Heck, who finished with 17 points. "But I had fun. It's nice to have a game every now and then where in your head you know you're going to win."

Brian Sheldon scored 10 of his team-high 24 points in the first quarter, which saw Baldwin roll out to a 25-11 edge. Frontcourt mate Johnny Hendry added eight first-quarter points and finished with 14.

Garnett's 10 turnovers limited it to five shots in the first quarter. By halftime, the visiting Bulldogs coughed up the ball 16 times, and trailed 39-13.

Impressive defense, right? Not according to Martin.

"I told them at halftime it was the worst defensive performance of the year," he said. "We got beat off the dribble a lot, but we did do some good things in the first half."

Martin's defensive disenchantment undoubtedly increased when Baldwin surrendered a season-high 25 points in the thrid quarter. By the end, Garnett became only the second Baldwin foe this season to top the 55-point mark.

"It's hard to play with a big lead. That's a given," said forward Nate Perry. "The last couple of games we've come in at halftime with a big lead and blew it. It's just a mental thing."

THE ONLY OTHER Baldwin opponent to surpass 55 points this season was Louisburg in its 56-48 win against the 'Dogs. That's the only blemish on Baldwin's 9-1 record.

Baldwin will play Rock Creek at approxmiately 8 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The Mustangs defeated Ottawa, 65-60, in Tuesday's other first-round game.

GARNETT (56)

Doug Sommer 1-4 6-8 8, Mark Padfield 0-1 0-0 0, Reuben Feuerborn 0-1 0-0 0, Chad Flinn 1-5 1-2 3, Ryan Martin 2-6 2-3 6, Pat Penka 11-19 2-3 25, Jason Foltz 2-6 1-2 5, Scott Wittman 1-8 2-4 4, Jeremy McDonnell 2-2 0-1 5. Totals 20-52 14-23 56. BALDWIN (73)

Nate Perry 2-5 0-0 6, Jamie Sledd 0-1 0-0 0, Brian Sheldon 11-20 2-3 24, Brian Heck 7-13 1-1 17, Daniel Schwarz 3-5 1-4 8, Denver Cleverly 1-4 0-0 2, Ryan Ellis 1-1 0-0 2, Johnny Hendry 7-7 0-0 14, Bryan Lash 0-1 0-0 0, Chad Scoby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-58 4-8 73. Garnett--11 2 25 18 -- 56 Baldwin--25 14 22 12 -- 73

Total fouls -- Garnett 11, Baldwin 19. Three point goals -- Garnett 2-5 (Penka 1-1, Wittman 0-2, McDonnell 1-1, Feuerborn 0-1); Baldwin 5-8 (Perry 2-3, Sheldon 0-1, Heck 2-2, Schwarz 1-1, Sledd 0-1). Turnovers -- Garnett 19, Baldwin 12.

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