Glen Lake Continues Historic Season in Semifinals
MAPLE CITY – The Glen Lake boys basketball program is continuing its historic campaign this week in the Class C semifinals at the Breslin Center.
Making its first state semifinal appearance since finishing runner-up in 1996, No. 5 Glen Lake (23-2) will face No. 1 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (25-0) at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Winners of 1959 and 1977 Class D state championships, Glen Lake is back in the semifinals after a convincing 66-49 quarterfinal win over Iron Mountain on Tuesday.
“I like how we came out,” Glen Lake coach Rich Ruelas said. “We came out swinging, and you know, I think we were up 21-5, and they got right back in the ball game. They cut it to three at the half, and so this is just a testament to my guys. One thing that we’ve talked about all year is just being resilient. There’s going to be challenges, there’s going to be things that we need to overcome in the game, but we stick together, no matter what.”
The Falcons have never appeared in a state final but recorded wins over Blissfield (61-49), Erie-Mason (59-43), Ottawa Lake Whiteford (56-44), Napoleon (63-39), Hanover-Horton (61-56) and Kalamazoo Christian (31-28) this postseason. Senior 6-8 forward C.J. Haut paces St. Mary with 18.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
The Lakers have won 10 straight since falling to Class D semifinalist Buckley (68-51) on Feb. 9. Glen Lake posted postseason wins over Manton (49-29), Traverse City St. Francis (61-33), McBain (66-32) and Whittemore-Prescott (75-46).
Junior Xander Okerlund and senior Cade Peterson lead the Lakers in double figures, averaging 16.1 and 14.1 points per game, respectively.
The winner of Thursday’s game will face either Detroit Edison Public School Academy (15-10) or 2017 state runner-up Grand Rapids Covenant Christian (22-4) for the state title at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.