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Kenai gets blown out by Kodiak

Posted: January 27, 2013 - 12:41am  |  Updated: January 27, 2013 - 12:47am
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Kenai's Wyatt Fitt brings the ball down the court Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 during their game against Kodiak at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Kenai's Wyatt Fitt brings the ball down the court Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 during their game against Kodiak at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.

Kodiak took a dominating 68-26 win against Kenai Central on Saturday afternoon at Kenai, only a day removed from a 52-38 loss against the same team.

Austin Frick led the way for the Bears with 18 points, 16 of those coming in the first half. Senior Wyatt Fitt paced the Kards with 10 points, with eight in the third quarter.

Kenai coach Ken Felchle acknowledged that the crucial mistakes that the Kards were making were costly turnovers.

“Turnovers killed us. Our first three possessions tonight, without taking a shot, were turnovers,” Felchle said. “Not only were we turning the ball over when people were guarding us, we were turning it over when no one was guarding us. We just can’t have that happen, not against anyone in the state.”

After reaching an 8-5 score midway through the first quarter while leading, the Bears scored 20 straight points and were able to string together an overall 27-2 streak for the last 10 minutes, 37 seconds, of the first half. Kenai only managed one field goal in the second quarter, courtesy of Josh McKee.

“It’s certainly a learning experience and last night we came out with a tremendous amount of effort and focus, and we did everything we prepared for during the week,” Felchle added. “We carried out our game plan perfectly last night, and it worked to our benefit. We certainly were not ready to play tonight.”

Kenai came out better in the third quarter, putting up 14 points, but the deficit was simply too much.

“We had effort in the third quarter and if we would’ve had that effort throughout, I’m not saying we would’ve won, but it would have been closer than it was,” said Felchle. “I give credit to Kodiak, they made some serious adjustments in 24 hours, similar to what we did in Nome, and they came out and had a much better plan against the defense that we played. They forced us to go to a different defense, and we had to make some changes.”

Kodiak coach David Anderson was obviously pleased with his team’s effort, which featured a 56-point swing between Friday and Saturday’s games.

“I don’t know if it was the same team tonight,” Anderson joked. “We came out flat yesterday and I give Kenai a lot of credit for setting up that zone defense.”

So what was it that sparked Kodiak’s effort?

“I don’t think I had to tell them anything, they just knew from last night’s game that they had to come out with more motivation,” Anderson said. “I’m not sure if it was just a long day, getting up at 5 a.m. to get here and spending the whole day around the gym. It was just a flat week, and we were off for two weeks since the Lathrop tournament, which we won, and I think the guys were still patting themselves on the back after that.”

Kenai ended the weekend with a 7-10 overall season record.

Kodiak girls 61, Kenai 17

The Bears cruised to victory, with Carissa Cannon getting 15 points and Sarah Ng adding 11.

Saturday boys

Bears 68, Kardinals 26

Kenai 5 2 14 5 —26

Kodiak 17 18 17 16 —68

KENAI (26) — Fitt 3 3-4 10, J. McKee 3 1-2 7, Theisen 0 0-0 0, Battistelli 1 0-0 2, A. McKee 0 0-0 0, Spry 0 0-0 0, Shirnberg 0 1-2 1, Berg 1 0-0 2, O’Neal 1 0-1 2, Kibling 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Liedes 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 5-9 26.

KODIAK (68) — Frick 7 1-2 18, Mangalus 5 1-1 11, Hiner 4 3-5 11, Medina 2 0-2 4, Jimesy 0 0-0 0, Obas 4 0-0 10, Lenon 2 0-0 4, Canete-Hall 4 0-0 8, Garcia 0 2-4 2. Totals 28 7-14 68.

3-point goals — Kenai 1 (Fitt); Kodiak 5 (Frick 3, Obas 2).

Team fouls — Kenai 12; Kodiak 12. Fouled out — none.

Saturday girls

Bears 61, Kardinals 17

Kenai 6 4 5 2 — 17

Kodiak 15 28 8 10 — 61

Kenai (17) — Ostrander 0 0-0 0, English 1 1-2 3, Drury 0 0-0 0, Taylor 5 0-0 10, Steinbeck 0 0-0 0, Norvelle 1 0-0 2, Ross 0 0-0 0, Barcus 0 0-0 0, Every 1 0-0 2. Totals — 8 1-2 17.

Kodiak (61) — Fabricante 0 2-2 2, Horn 1 0-0 2, Nelson 3 1-4 8, Ng 4 0-0 11, Cannon 7 1-3 15, Catt 0 2-4 2, Patterson 0 1-3 1, Hiner 1 0-0 2, Pyles 3 2-3 8, Wandersee 5 0-0 10. Totals — 24 10-19 61.

3-point goals — Kodiak 4 (Ng 3, Nelson 1). Team fouls — Kenai 15; Kodiak 9.

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