Kodiak nearly picked up a marquee victory Friday against Wasilla.

Instead, too many missed opportunities cost the Bears in a 35-30 loss to the Warriors in a Northern Lights Conference boys basketball game at KHS.

Senior Jemuel Mangalus supplied the bulk of Kodiak's offense, scoring 20 of the team's 30 points.

Down by as many as 12 in the first half, the Bears clawed back and pulled to within 33-30 on a Billy Alcaide 3-pointer with 6:35 left in the contest.

Kodiak's zone defense forced several key turnovers after that and held Wasilla to only two points in the final quarter, but the team couldn't convert at the other end. The Bears missed a pair of potential game-tying 3-pointers and had a few costly turnovers in the final few minutes.

"We played them well enough to beat them," Kodiak coach David Anderson said. "We missed a couple of big shots. This is the way the tournament is going to go. This is what the final season is going to be about — who has the best possessions at the end of the game. We have worked all season to get to this point, and we are right there."

With the victory, the Warriors (8-1) are still clinging to the hope of getting the conference's top seed for the NLC Championships that begin March 5 at Kenai. Colony is also 8-1, and will finish the season Saturday against Palmer. Both teams have already secured the opening-round bye.

Kodiak (3-6 NLC, 5-16 overall) remained in the hunt for the third seed with Soldotna (4-5) and Palmer (3-6). The Stars can clinch the third seed with a victory over Kenai (1-8) on Saturday.

The Bears scored the opening four points of the game, but Wasilla tallied the quarter's final 10 points. The Warriors upped their lead to 21-9 midway through the second.

Kodiak ended the half on a 7-2 run and went to the locker room only down 23-16.

A Ryen Milleron long ball pushed Wasilla's lead back to double figures, but a personal 7-0 run by Mangalus brought it to a one possession game.

A bucket by Zach Garnett and a Baham free throw gave the Warriors a 33-27 lead heading into the final quarter.

After Alcaide's 3-pointer to begin the fourth, the Bears didn't score the rest of the way.

"I'm very pleased with the game. We just got to come back mentally tough tomorrow night," Anderson said.

The two teams close out the regular season at 5 p.m. Saturday.

GIRLS

Wasilla remained undefeated in conference play by beating Kodiak, 61-52, at Wasilla.

The Warriors improved to 9-0, while Kodiak dropped to 5-4.

Stephanie Price and Dannika Catt each put up 15 points for Kodiak, while Richelle Walker tossed in 10.

Leya DePriest had a monster game for Wasilla, with 21 rebounds and 13 points. Cassidy Edwards had 16 points, while Azlynn Brandenburg added 15.

Kodiak trailed 17-7 after the first and 23-18 at halftime. The Bears tied the game in the third quarter, but the Warriors answered quickly and pushed the lead back to double figures.

The two teams close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday.

BOYS

WARRIORS 35, BEARS 30

Wasilla 10 13 10 2 — 35

Kodiak 4 12 11 3 — 30

Wasilla (35) — Burns 1 0-0 2, Brown 2 0-0 6, Milleron 5 0-0 12, Trotta-Mirigliano 1 0-0 2, Baham 3 2-4 9, Garnett 2 0-1 4, Lee 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 2-5 35.

Kodiak (30) — Mangalus 8 1-1 20, Alcaide 1 4-5 7, Bezona 0 1-2 1, Osowski 0 0-0 0, Mutch 1 0-0 2, Fried 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 6-8 30.

3-point goals: Wasilla 5 (Brown 2, Milleron 2, Baham), Kodiak 4 (Mangalus 3, Alcaide). Team fouls: Wasilla 9, Kodiak 10. Fouled out: None.

GIRLS

WARRIORS 61, BEARS 52

Kodiak 7 11 16 18 — 52

Wasilla 17 6 20 18 — 61

Kodiak (52) — Walker 4 2-2 10, Fangonilo 3 1-2 8, Hughes 1 1-2 3, Price 6 3-5 15, Fabricante 0 1-2 1, Catt 6 0-0 15. Totals: 20 8-13 52.

Wasilla (61) — Kelly 0 0-0 0, Heath 0 1-2 1, Baham 1 0-0 3, Brandenburg 7 0-0 15, Toews 1 0-0 2, Anderson 3 2-4 8, Dinkel 1 1-2 3, Edwards 6 4-5 16, DePriest 5 3-4 13. Totals: 24 11-17 61.

3-point goals: Kodiak 4 (Catt 3, Fangonilo), Wasilla 2 (Baham, Brandenburg). Team fouls: Kodiak 12, Wasilla 11. Fouled out: none.

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