BALDWIN — Pentwater’s boys basketball team played short-handed with several players out Wednesday night, and while it got some big contributions from those who suited up suffered a tough 69-38 loss to Baldwin in a Western Michigan D League road game.

Kaleb Brown and Nathan Macher stepped up after helping the junior varsity team to a win, under the fifth quarter rule that was instituted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

“Despite the gap in scoring, we never lost energy or effort,” Falcons head coach Ashley Lubera said.

“Brandon Miller played the best game of his career under the glass with eight rebounds, and played solid defense against a strong, and tall post front.”

Baldwin flexed its offensive firepower in the first quarter, outscoring the Falcons by a 20-7 margin.

Pentwater hung tough, though, and was only outscored, 13-10 in the second for a 33-17 halftime score.

A bad third quarter when the Panthers outscored the Falcons, 22-8 erased any chance Pentwater might have had of getting back in the game. The Falcons trailed, 55-35 going into the fourth period.

Tyler Plummer Eisenlohr paced the Falcons with 13 points and three steals, while Campbell Miller added 10. Miller and Macher each hauled down eight rebounds. Miller also had two steals. Macher dished out four assists.

Pentwater also had 21 turnovers

The Falcons fell to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the league. Pentwater is next scheduled to see action Friday night when the Falcons entertain Walkerville in the WMD.