Glen Lake Falls to Detroit Edison in Class C Final

EAST LANSING – The Glen Lake boys basketball program’s quest for its first state championship since 1977 came to an end Saturday with a 53-38 loss to Detroit Edison Public School Academy in the MHSAA Class C state final at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.

Glen Lake was appearing in its first state final since finishing runner-up in the 1996 Class D finals. The Lakers won Class D titles in 1977 and 1959.

The state championship is first for Edison, which is in its eighth year of existence. The school’s girls program has won the last two Class C titles.

The Lakers took an early 7-3 lead in the opening quarter of Saturday’s title game but trailed 8-7 after one and 19-18 at the half.

The Pioneers began to pull away in the final minutes of the third quarter, going on a 14-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and put Edison ahead 47-31. A 3-pointer by Cade Peterson with 2:50 remaining in regulation snapped the scoring drought.

Xander Okerlund led the Lakers with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Peterson closed out his prep career with a double-double performance with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Reece Hazelton also scored five.

The Lakers shot 34 percent (16-of-47) from the floor and held a 36-27 edge in rebounding.

Pierre Mitchell Jr. paced the Pioneers (17-10) with 17 points, while Gary Solomon added 16. Deante Johnson and Brian Taylor Jr. also chipped in with 10 points apiece.

Edison connected on 44.9 percent shooting from the floor (22-of-49) and was 5-of-11 from the free throw line. Glen Lake only attempted two free throws.

Co-champions of the Northwest Conference, Glen Lake concludes its year at 24-3. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Lakers had won 11 straight, including postseason wins over Manton (49-29), Traverse City St. Francis (61-33), McBain (66-32), Whittemore-Prescott (75-46), Iron Mountain (66-49) and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (62-56).

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