Bethel Regional High School’s boys varsity basketball team has made a name for themselves over the past couple of years, and Friday’s win over Nome in the final of the Western Conference Tournament only solidifies the hype.
Nome is a team that is known for sluggish starts and strong finishes, so Coach David Cronk Jr and the Warriors knew they needed to capitalize on opportunities early. Knowing the task at hand and completing said-task are two very different things, and the Warriors found themselves up by 3 points after the first quarter ended in the Warriors favor; 7 to 4. The Nanooks of Nome would not remain the sleeping bears that they were in the opening quarter, and Nome would take the lead at the end of the first half 16 to 14.
The Warriors outscored the Nanooks by two points in the third quarter to tie the game at 28 points apiece, and it would appear that the Bethel versus Nome rivalry of late would have another great game in store. Unlike last year’s overtime thriller, the Warriors were able to take, and keep, the lead throughout the final quarter before finally putting the Nanooks away by a final score of 48 to 40. Bethel’s senior star-player Theodore Naneng led all scorers with 27 points. Bethel’s next game comes in the opening round of the 3-A State tournament on March 20th, 2014 at Anchorage Christian School.