Glen Lake Ready for Class C Finals, Detroit Edison
EAST LANSING – History will be made Saturday evening as a first-ever champion in Class C is crowned at the Breslin Center.
Winners of the 1959 and 1977 Class D titles, fifth-ranked Glen Lake (24-2) will face honorable mention Detroit Edison Public School Academy (16-10) at 4:30 p.m.
The Lakers are playing in their first title game since finishing runner-up in Class D in 1996, while the Pioneers had never reached the finals until now.
Xander Okerlund posted a game-high 23 points in Glen Lake’s 62-56 win over No. 1 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central in Thursday’s semifinal win. The Lakers went to the bench for only two minutes in the win and only three players reached the scoring column, as Cade Peterson and Reece Hazelton joined Okerlund with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Edison has been on a roll this postseason and led 2017 runner-up Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 28-14 at the half of Thursday’s first semifinal before fending off a late rally for a 55-43 victory. Gary Solomon and Pierre Mitchell Jr. scored 15 and 13, respectively, in the win.
The Pioneers have picked up victories over Detroit Public Safety Academy (77-57), Detroit Delta Prep (82-54), Detroit Loyola (83-73) and Unionville-Sebewaing (73-46) over the course of the postseason.
“You know, I’m sure a lot of their players are saying, you know, ‘We’re just going to do what we do.’ And we’re going to do what we do,” Peterson said. “It’s just going to play itself out. It’s basketball. The shots are going to be falling. The call’s going to be going your way, so a lot can go every which way. So it’s just basketball on another basketball court, just, you know, playing for the championship.”
Glen Lake’s only two losses this season came against Northwest Conference foe and Class D finalist Buckley. The Bears will face Southfield Christian.
“Up north, I believe in all sports, is very overlooked, especially in basketball,” Peterson said on Northwest Conference teams reaching the finals. “You’ve got guys in Frankfort, Benzie, Suttons Bay, us. And then the other conferences like St. Francis, the Big North. I just feel like this is not only going to help our teams in our conference but all of northern Michigan.”