The Bears’ boys basketball team is eager to prove that game was just a fluke when they play at the capital city today and Saturday in nonconference games against the Crimson Bears.
Both games begin at 7 p.m.
“I think the outcome will be pretty good,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “I’m hoping for a split. I’ve added a few plays to have our shooters more involved at the end of games. I’m just hoping it will work.”
Juneau beat Kodiak 61-35 on the final day of the Alaska Airlines Classic in Anchorage.
The 35 points is the lowest offensive output for Kodiak this season. The Bears are averaging 60 points a game.
Kodiak struggled with Juneau’s press defense, which resulted in 26 turnovers.
“They put that press on the first and second quarters and it just ate us up,” Anderson said. “We have been really working on that (press) and working on some of their stuff.”
Including these two games, Anderson believes his team has played the toughest schedule in Alaska. Through 11 games the Bears sit at 5-6.
“We have played one of the toughest schedules in the state,” Anderson said. “I think it toughens the kids up when it comes down to regional play ... they understand how to win tough games.”
Kodiak is coming off a pair of lopsided losses at Wasilla, which dropped the Bears to 0-3 in the Northern Lights Conference.
With the season halfway over — Kodiak has 11 regular-season games left — Anderson is pleased with the offensive production from the entire team.
“We have the talent this year depth-wise to be able to rotate kids in and out of the game as to where I didn’t have the confidence in some of the kids last year to play at that level,” he said.
Kodiak has three players scoring in double figures in Jesse Swearingin (12.1), Jemuel Medina (11.7) and Austin Frick (10), while getting contributions from Elijah Hiner (8.1), Tony Will (7.3) and Josh Obas (7.3).
“Everybody is a scorer on this team,” Anderson said. “There is a balance out there.”
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