What a difference a season makes.

Last year, Kodiak’s boys basketball team shocked Colony on its homecourt three times en route to claiming the program’s first Northern Lights Conference title in more than a decade.

This year, the Knights got their revenge.

Third-ranked Colony swept Kodiak on its homecourt, taking Friday’s game 57-48 and Saturday’s contest 59-30 in a pair of NLC games.

“It was unfortunate that we had to start out with a good team in our region play here,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “We knew they were going to be tough and we prepped for them during the week. They are a disciplined team, but they are opportunistic; if you make mistakes they are going to capitalize.”

Kodiak has now lost six straight and stands at 2-12 overall, 0-2 in the NLC. The Bears are still searching for their first victory over a 4A team (0-8), as their two wins have been against 3A Mt. Edgecumbe and 2A Point Hope.

“We need to get it,” Anderson said. “Like I keep telling the guys, back when I first started coaching we were 1-9 going into the region tournament and we turned things around.”

Anderson was referring to 2011 — his first year as coach — when his team finished 1-9 during the NLC regular season and ended up qualifying for state by placing second in the NLC championships.

Kodiak had a chance to snag its first win over a 4A team on Friday.

The Bears led only once at 4-3, but kept within striking distance until late in the third quarter. Up 34-30, Colony closed out the quarter on a 10-3 run that put the Knights ahead 44-33.

Colony (5-0 NLC) increased the margin to 14 points midway through the fourth. A Jemuel Mangalus 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to nine with 1:01 left, but that was as close as the Bears would get.

Mangalus ended with a game-high 17 points — the ninth time he has reached double figures.

Saturday’s game wasn’t close. Colony grabbed an early 10-point lead and cruised to its second 20-point win over Kodiak this season.

Ryan Bezona led Kodiak with 11 points, while Bailey West drained five 3-pointers and paced Colony with 17.

Kodiak plays Friday and Saturday at Kenai.

Friday

KNIGHTS 57, BEARS 48

Colony 13 15 16 13 — 57

Kodiak 11 12 10 15 — 48

Colony (57) — Selmer 1 0-0 2, Looney 3 1-4 8, West 4 0-2 10, Chamblee 2 0-0 6, Menard 3 1-2 7, Dinkel 4 2-4 10, Sonnenberg 3 2-2 8, Lincoln 3 0-0 6. Totals: 23 6-13 57.

Kodiak (48) — Mangalus 6 3-4 17, Alcaide 3 3-4 10, Bezona 4 1-1 9, B. Caguing 2 0-0 6, Osowski 0 0-0 0, Mutch 3 0-2 6. Totals: 18 7-12 48.

3-point goals — Colony 5 (West 2, Chamblee 2, Looney), Kodiak 5 (Mangalus 2, B. Caguing 2, Alcaide). Total fouls — Colony 14, Kodiak 14. Fouled out — Looney.

Saturday

KNIGHTS 59, BEARS 30

Colony 16 19 9 15 — 59

Kodiak 9 7 10 4 — 30

Colony (59) — Selmer 2 1-2 6, Looney 1 0-0 2, West 6 0-1 17, Chamblee 2 0-0 4, Menard 0 0-0 0, Nygard 1 0-0 3, Dinkel 5 2-3 12, Martin 0 2-2 2, James 0 0-0 0, Sonnenberg 2 4-4 8, Lincoln 1 3-3 5, Nicholson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 20 12-15 59.

Kodiak (30) – Mangalus 2 1-2 7, Alcaide 1 2-3 5, Bezona 3 5-8 11, C. Caguing 0 1-2 1, Talai 0 0-0 0, B. Caguing 0 0-0 0, Osowski 1 0-2 2, Mutch 2 0-0 4; Totals: 9 8-17 30.

3-point field goals: Colony 7 (West 5, Selmer, Nygard), Kodiak 3 (Mangalus 2, Alcaide). Total fouls: Colony 15, Kodiak 16. Fouled out: Alcaide.

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