Parrish West sank a team-high 20 points, but it was Aaron Kohring’s 18 points off the bench that stand out in the final box score. The 18 marks a season high for Kohring, and the team got just four points from the rest of its bench.
The Nanooks got to within five points with 5:27 to play in the second half. They used a 10-point run that included a pair of jumpers from Kohring to get close, but the Crusaders came on strong and earned the win.
Boe Edwards gave the Nanooks 10 points and a third player in double-figure scoring.
West and Brett Barkman shared the team lead in rebounding with seven each. Edwards added six more to the board.
Alaska heads to Central Washington New Year’s Day for a 2 p.m. showdown with the Wildcats.