A career performance from junior Billy Alcaide propelled Kodiak to a 45-33 Northern Lights Conference boys basketball victory at Palmer Monday evening.

The 5-foot-5 guard drilled three 3-pointers and tallied a career-high 17 points as the Bears improved to 3-4 in the NLC, 5-14 overall.

Palmer dropped to 2-6 in the NLC.

Jemuel Mangalus added 16 points, which included going 8 for 10 from the free-throw line. Ryan Bezona tossed in nine points.

The opening quarter was a 3-point shootout, as six of the first seven buckets came from beyond the arc.

Alcaide drilled two, while Mangalus and Max Mutch each added one to give Kodiak a 12-8 lead.

After Palmer cut the deficit to 12-10, an Alcaide steal and layup triggered a 14-2 run that pushed the lead to 26-12 with just over a minute left in the first half.

The Bears led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but had to hold on late as Palmer’s Tye Ramoth caught fire.

When the junior connected on his fourth 3-pointer it trimmed Kodiak’s lead to 40-33 with 90 seconds left.

Mangalus and Alcaide iced the game with a combined five free throws.

Ramoth ended with a team-high 14 points, while James Blake chipped in eight. Freshman standout Clayton Southwick was held to five points.

The two teams play again at 5:15 p.m. today.

BEARS 45, MOOSE 33

Kodiak 18 8 10 9 — 45

Palmer 10 4 9 10 — 33

Kodiak (45) — Mangalus 3 8-10 16, Alcaide 6 2-2 17, Mutch 1 0-1 3, Bezona 3 3-5 9, Osowski 0 0-0 0, Fried 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 13-18 45.

Palmer (33) — Blake 2 4-8 8, Southwick 2 0-0 5, Ramoth 5 0-0 14, Yamez 2 0-0 4, Ferris 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11 6-10 33.

3-point goals: Kodiak 6 (Alcaide 3, Mangalus 2, Mutch), Palmer 5 (Ramoth 4, Southwick). Fouled out: Ferris.

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