Baldwin Baldwin hoped to use Osawatomie as a springboard for the Baldwin Tournament.
The Bulldogs did just that, jumping to a 20-6 lead in an easy 86-37 blowout of the Trojans in boys high school basketball Friday night at the Bulldogs' gym.
"This really should give us a good jump for our tournament," BHS senior Brandon Heck said. "We needed a good jump, and this did that. We were concentrating on playing well and getting everything together for next week."
Baldwin improved to 8-1 overall, 2-1 in the Frontier League.
The Bulldogs will entertain Atchison at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in the opening round of the Baldwin tourney.
Senior guard Brian Gresnick led the Bulldogs with 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting while adding six rebounds and four assists against the Trojans.
"He makes a lot of big plays happen," Heck said. "He takes the ball a lot, but he usually puts the ball in when he does. If he's guarded, he dishes the ball off. He stepped up and played well tonight, especially on the break."
The Bulldogs' transition game blew away the Trojans. Baldwin forced 26 turnovers while only committing nine.
Osawatomie trailed 8-6 with 3:55 left in the first quarter after a Sam Peace bucket. But Sam Warren scored on an offensive rebound, then Gresnick had two steals for layups and Jim Nigh added a steal and layup in a 12-0 Baldwin run.
"We tried some of our new 3-2 zone defense. We came out and executed that well, and that got us in our transition game," Gresnick said. "We pressured the guards and got a lot of turnovers."
The Bulldogs held a 39-20 halftime lead, then outscored the Trojans 47-17 in the second half.
"We came out and played really well in the second half. Our pressure did wear them out and gave us some easy baskets," Gresnick said.
Warren scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Matt Hanny added 12 points and nine boards.
"The big guys do a good job getting up the floor and the guards did a good job getting it inside. We've been doing a lot of running and have gotten a lot quicker," Heck said. "We came out and played basketball like we know how."
Heck scored a career-high 11 points on four-of-seven shooting. The 6-foot-2 senior has started the past four games in place of the suspended Chris Benjamin.
"I felt I needed to step up and fill that hole the best I could," Heck said. "I've tried to do what the team's needed me to do and hope to keep playing well."