The Warriors picked up a pair of Northern Lights Conference boys basketball victories to extend their winning streak over Kodiak to 16 games.
On Friday, Wasilla blitzed Kodiak from the start for an easy 67-48 victory at the Kodiak High School gym.
On Saturday, Kodiak held a lead in the late stages of the third quarter, but couldn’t build on it as Wasilla exploded in the fourth quarter for a 61-44 victory.
Kodiak has not beat Wasilla since the 1994-1995 season.
The Bears drop to 1-2 in the NLC and 6-6 overall. Kodiak has lost its last five home games after beginning the season with a pair of home victories against Eagle River. Kodiak has four home games remaining — two each against Skyview and Colony.
Nothing could stop third-ranked Wasilla Friday evening. Not even Kodiak and its brand new blue and white warm-ups.
The Warriors connected on a pair of buzzer-beater 3-pointers to beat Kodiak 67-48.
Wasilla’s Connor Devine tossed in a game-high 24 points, which included a dunk in the first quarter. The lengthy Devine scored the majority of his points inside the paint and was a factor on defense, swatting away multiple Kodiak shots.
However, it was Wasilla’s Joel Quenga who had the two best shots of the game. He hit a 30-foot trey as time expired in the first quarter and followed that with a half-court heave that banked in to end the third quarter. He ended with 10 points.
Brian Fangolino paced Kodiak with 15 points, while Austin Cowley added 12 points.
A pair of free throws by Fangolino cut Wasilla’s first quarter lead to 9-5. The Warriors ended the quarter on an 11-0 run, which was highlighted with a two-handed flush by Devine with 55 seconds left in the quarter.
Sparked by a pair of long balls by Fangonilo and Mikel Garner, Kodiak narrowed the gap to 26-13 midway through the second, but that was as close as the Bears would get the rest of the way. Wasilla led 39-19 at halftime and 53-31 at the end of the third quarter.
Through three quarters of Saturday’s game, Kodiak looked primed to register its first victory over Wasilla in 15 seasons.
An old-fashioned 3-point play by Mitchell Tacata gave the Bears a 37-36 lead with 1:36 left in the third quarter.
It was all Wasilla after that. The Warriors went on a game-ending 25-7 run to turn a close game into a 17-point victory.
Tacata ended with a game- and season-high 14 points — 10 coming in the third quarter. Matautia added 12 points, while Fangonilo chipped in 10.
Devine, faced with early foul trouble, paced Wasilla with 13 points as Kodiak did a much better job containing the 6-foot-9 junior.
Kodiak held an 11-9 advantage after the first quarter and an 18-13 lead midway through the second.
Wasilla responded to close the half on a 15-6 run for a 26-22 halftime lead.
The Warriors increased the lead to 36-30 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
Tacata than took over scoring seven straight points on a variety of drives to the hole and jumpers to give Kodiak a 37-36 lead — the Bears’ first lead since the 3:18 mark in the second quarter.
Quenga quickly gave the Warriors the lead back with a trey and Wasilla never looked back, outscoring Kodiak 25-7 in the final 9:36 of the game.
Wasilla held Kodiak to two of 16 shooting from the field in the final quarter. The Warriors Braydon Kuiper netted eight of his 11 points during the fourth quarter.
On Thursday, Kodiak travels to 3A Grace Christian before playing Palmer in a pair of NLC games on Friday and Saturday.
WARRIORS 67, BEARS 48
Wasilla 21 16 16 14 — 67
Kodiak 5 14 12 17 — 48
Wasilla (67) — Schierman 6, Quenga 10, Ferro, Kuiper 11, Stahle 12, Fiedler, Anderson 4, Devine 24, Pennington, McGregor. FG — 25-57 (.456). FT — 6-11.
Kodiak (48) — Fangonilo 15, Cowley 12, Obas, Will 5, Tacata, Medina, De Castro 2, Matautia 9, Garner 5, Bezona, Hiner. FG — 18-58 (.310). FT — 5-9.
Junior varsity — Kodiak 66, Wasilla 54. Jemuel Medina 20 points, Austin Frick and Jesse Swearingin 14 points each for Kodiak
C squad — Kodiak 46, Wasilla 31. Matthieu Sutton 12 points, Fredrick Lorente 11 points for Kodiak.
WARRIORS 61, BEARS 44
Wasilla 9 17 15 20 — 61
Kodiak 11 11 15 7 — 44
Wasilla (61) — Schierman 8, Quenga 8, Ferro 4, Kuiper 11, Stahle 11, Anderson 6, Devine 13. FG — 21-51 (.411). FT — 15-17.
Kodiak (44) — Fangonilo 10, Cowley, Will 3, Tacata 14, De Castro, Matautia 12, Garner 2, Bezona, Hiner, Medina, Frick 3. FG — 18-50 (.360). FT — 6-11.
Junior varsity — Kodiak 64, Wasilla 59. Jesse Swearingin 17 points, Austin Frick 14 points for Kodiak.
C squad — Kodiak 47, Wasilla 43. Matthieu Sutton 15 points for Kodiak.