Jesse Swearingin did all he could to give Kodiak its first NLC victory, scoring a career-high 27 points, a game after he went for 26.
However, his 3-point attempt with four seconds left was off the mark, dropping the Bears to 0-6, 6-12 overall.
“He had a nice clean shot, it just came up a little short,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “He was wide open and let it go.
“He has been playing great. He is playing like a senior should be at the end of the season.”
The loss almost assures Kodiak the North’s No. 4 seed in the NLC tournament, as Colony, the No. 2 seed, sits at 4-2 and Palmer at 3-2.
Kodiak, which fell behind 20-8 after the first quarter, never led in the game. The Bears evened the score on three occasions in the second half, the last coming with 42 seconds left when Swearingin scored on a layup to knot the score at 63.
“We got down in the first quarter. I let them play through it and didn’t call a time out,” Anderson said. “Our defense picked up in the second.”
Moments after Swearingin’s bucket, Nathan Umbarger put Colony ahead for good on a pair of free throws. Umbarger led the Knights with 24 points.
Down 65-63, Kodiak turned the ball over on an illegal pick with 20 seconds left, which led to a free throw by Tim Smith. That gave the Knights a three-point lead.
Anderson said mental mistakes have led to Kodiak’s string of close losses. The Bears lost its last NLC game by one point to Kenai.
“It is something a little bit different each game,” he said.
Colony has won its past 12 regular-season meetings against Kodiak, including a 59-57 victory in January.
Kodiak finishes its three games in three days at Skyview today and Homer on Saturday.
KNIGHTS 66, BEARS 63
Kodiak 8 19 16 20 — 63
Colony 20 8 19 19 — 66
Kodiak (63) — Bezona 2, Swearingin 27, Medina 12, Frick 9, Obas 7, Will 2, Gregory 4, Jimenez, Hiner.
Colony (66) — Umbarger 24, Hightower 3, Eisenhower 13, Turner 8, Fulp 7, Smith 9, Peltier 2.