HOUGHTON LAKE — Xander Okerlund rained in his fourth 3-pointer of the game, and Whittemore-Prescott head coach Jeff Miller couldn't do anything but shrug his shoulders and shake his head.

Glen Lake (22-2) obliterated the Cardinals with nine three-pointers — five by Okerlund and four by Reece Hazelton — during Wednesday's 75-46 Class C regional championship game.

Okerlund's aforementioned trey was the fourth straight Laker possession to end in a 3-pointer as he and Hazelton traded bombs over a stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters. The game was already over at that point, but it showcased the dominance of the hot-shooting tandem and how much of the night went well for the Lakers.

Hazelton finished with a game-high 29 points, and Okerlund was close on his heels with 25 — including his 1,000th career point.

"Second half after I hit one of my threes," Hazelton said, "I just knew whenever I shot it was going in."

It was the best shooting performance of Glen Lake's postseason run, which just extended to Tuesday's state quarterfinals against Iron Mountain (23-1) in Petoskey.

Hazelton was scorching in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, including two threes and a deep two with a toe on the arc. He knew he was in a zone, but when he learned how many points he poured in during the period, all he could say was, "Oh, damn..." through a smirk.

"Reece is one of our emotional leaders," Glen Lake head coach Rich Ruelas said. "When his energy is good, our energy is good. I got after him a little at halftime, and he responded. He's a good player, but he's a heckuva lot better when his emotion is positively affecting our team."

The regional title was the first for the Lakers since 2013, and they made it look as easy as winning their district. The celebration after the game was brief and rather casual as far as trophy games go.

Ruelas called the victory another stepping stone. He said the team's focus in practice was not being the team handing in its jerseys tomorrow. There is still more work to be done.

"They're a great team," Miller said. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they're playing for a championship, and they deserve it. They're that good."

Dana Thorson scored a team-high 18 points for the Cardinals, and Kyle Colton added nine points.

If there is any concern with Glen Lake's play heading to the quarterfinal round, it could be whether the team will have been tested enough during the postseason. The Lakers' four wins have come against great competition — schools that combine for three conference titles and a 72-20 (.783) record.

Yet, Glen Lake hasn't allowed any to be terribly competitive with an average winning margin of 27.8 points per game.

The Lakers will take it, of course, and no one seemed worried about the lack of close games after the win.

"I think we're ready," Hazelton said. "We had a lot of games in the regular season that were close battles. I think we're just coming out hungry, so that's why it's been like this."

Starting point guard Peyton McDonough returned to action after injuring his hand during Glen Lake's district semifinal win against Manton. Cade Peterson finished as the Lakers' third scorer in double figures with 10 points, including a two-handed slam on a breakaway.

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