Sophomore Austin Frick drilled four 3-pointers in the first quarter and ended with 14 points. Senior Jesse Swearingin also had 14, while Tony Will had 12, Elijah Hiner 11 and Jemuel Medina 10.
“That is what you want to see,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said about Kodiak’s balanced attack. “That is when you know the offense is involved.”
As temperatures outside dipped below zero, Frick heated up the gym in the first period, giving Kodiak a 25-8 lead.
“We came out real strong and ran our offense,” Anderson said.
Kodiak needed all of its cushion as Grace Christian rallied to pull to 34-33 just moments into the second half.
“We had the second period bled and let them back in with some costly turnovers,” Anderson said.
It was all Kodiak after that: The Bears went on a 14-3 run to push the lead to 48-36.
Kodiak led 52-39 at the end of three.
This is the Bears’ second victory in as many years over the 3A school. Kodiak won last year 52-50.
“We just buckled back down and got a couple of fast breaks and steals and just never looked back,” Anderson said. “They played pretty much like they did against Lathrop. It was a good finish to a good game.”
Kodiak (5-4) plays at fourth-ranked Wasilla today and Saturday in a pair of Northern Lights Conference games.
Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s tips at 1 p.m.
“I just hope this can roll over into Wasilla,” Anderson said.
Wasilla leads the NLC North Division at 1-0, 6-1 overall.
BEARS 72, GRIZZLIES 50
Kodiak 25 9 18 20 — 72
Grace 8 21 10 11 — 50
Kodiak (72) — Frick 14, Obas 2, Hiner 11, Will 12, Bezona 3, Swearingin 14, Medina 10, Jimenez 2, Gregory 5.
Grace (50) — box score unavailable