Boys Basketball: Little Falls fends off Princeton in Granite Ridge opener

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Little Falls senior Collin Gradin (40) sinks a short-range jumper after breaking free beyond the Princeton press during the second half of Tuesday’s game. Gradin scored 10 points and had eight rebounds in the Flyers’ 69-55 win.

The Little Falls boys basketball team withstood a late second-half charge to topple visiting Princeton 69-55 in Tuesday’s Granite Ridge Conference opener.

The Flyers held a 41-30 advantage at halftime, but saw that lead dwindle to two midway through the second half at 49-47.

However, Little Falls didn’t allow Princeton to pull any closer, quickly padding its lead to as many as 19 points to seal the win and improve to 2-0.

Junior Troy Scott (15) and seniors Jake Scott (12), Collin Eckman (11) and Collin Gradin (10) reached double figures to lead the balanced Flyers’ attack.

Senior Travis Spillum (6), juniors Cam Smith (5), Sebastian Sowada (4) and Jake Loukinen (3) and sophomores Bryce Zawatzke (2) and Thomas Bell (1) also reached the scoring column for Little Falls.

Gradin had eight rebounds, Smith pulled down seven and Jake Scott recorded six steals.

Little Falls hosts Becker, Thursday.

 

Little Falls 69, Princeton 55

Princeton 30 25 – 55

Little Falls 41 28 – 69

Little Falls senior Travis Spillum draws contact on a left-handed hook shot during Tuesday’s Granite Ridge Conference opener against Princeton. Spillum recorded six points and four rebounds in the 69-55 victory.

Little Falls—Troy Scott, 15; Jake Scott, 12 (6 rebounds, 6 steals); Collin Eckman, 11 (6 rebounds); Collin Gradin, 10 (8 rebounds); Travis Spillum, 6; Cam Smith, 5 (7 rebounds); Sebastian Sowada, 4; Jake Loukinen, 3; Bryce Zawatzke, 2; Thomas Bell, 1.

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