Glen Lake pulls away in 2nd half, downs Onekama 62-40

Onekama’s Jayden DeWitt (3) goes up for two of his team-high 10 points in the Portagers’ 62-40 Northwest Conference loss to Maple City Glen Lake on Wednesday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Onekama’s Jayden DeWitt (3) goes up for two of his team-high 10 points in the Portagers’ 62-40 Northwest Conference loss to Maple City Glen Lake on Wednesday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA — Onekama took on the sixth-ranked boys basketball team in Class C Wednesday, and hung around for a half before falling to Maple City Glen Lake 62-40.

Jayden DeWitt led the Portagers with 10 points in the game, which Onekama never led.

Ben Acton scored 9 points and Taylor Bennet came off the bench to score 7 for the Portagers, who played with a distinct height disadvantage all over the court, but held their own on the glass in the first half.

“I told the kids that hustle and effort can out-play height a little bit,” Onekama head coach Nathan Bradford said. “The kids battled, I told them to get a body on them and be strong after you get it.”

Xander Okerlund led all scorers with 20 points in the game, including four 3-pointers. One of those threes came at the first-quarter buzzer that gave the Lakers a 14-8 lead going into the second.

Glen Lake (13-1 overall, 10-1 Northwest Conference) stretched the lead to double digits, 23-13 with 2:03 left in the second quarter, but Onekama closed the gap to a manageable 27-20 at the break.

Jeremiah Torrey drove the baseline for a nifty reverse layup that got Onekama (8-5, 6-5) to within 5 points three minutes into the second half, but Glen Lake blew the game open with a third-quarter run of four consecutive 3-point possessions.

That sequence started with a fast-break, alley-oop jam with 2:37 left, continued with two long bombs from Okerlund and an and-1 putback that gave them a 48-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Onekama scored just seven points in the fourth quarter, five of them from Aric Hopwood, and the Lakers ran out with the 22-point win.

Bradford said that, despite the loss, he liked what he saw from his team, for the most part.

“I was happy with three quarters,” he said. “We kind of fell in love with the three-pointer in the fourth quarter and got cold. We battled, I told the kids that they played hard, we just have to work on a few things.”

The Portagers will go from the top of the league to the bottom in its next game, at home against last-place, 1-9 Mesick on Friday, Feb. 9.

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Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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