Both the boys and girls teams from Kodiak High School pulled off major upsets at their Northern Lights basketball tournament openers yesterday (Thursday) in Homer. Both were number four seeds from the Northern Division and both played the number one seeds from the South, both of which happened to be the Kenai Kardinals.
The Lady Bears came from 11 points down in the second period and outscored the Kards 13-to-nothing in the third to win 30-28. Joanna Garcia led Kodiak with 10 points
Kodiak is scheduled to play again today at 3 p.m. against the Colony Knights in the semi-finals. The winner of that game goes on to the championship match Saturday. The Knights took two games from the Lady Bears just last weekend.
The Kodiak boys’ win was the mirror opposite of the girls’ game. Instead of coming back in the second half, the Bears scored the first 11 points of the game en route to a 17-point first-quarter lead and never looked back, beating the top-seeded Kardinals 55-to-42. It was Kodiak’s first win in nine games. Raphael Matautia had 18 points, 10 of them in the first quarter. The Bears, who went 1-and-9 in the NLC this season, will face the Palmer Moose at 8:15 tonight in the semi-finals.
The Bears’ victories yesterday were part of a sweep of the four Kenai Peninsula teams by the NLC’s North Division.