Boys Basketball: Little Falls clips section foe Alexandria, Zawatzke posts double-double

Little Falls opened the season with a young roster, and the youthful energy that often accompanies such groups.

After playing at a frenetic pace led to a pair of rollercoaster defeats, Little Falls has bounced back with four wins in a row, none bigger than a 62-59 win at section foe Alexandria, Tuesday.

“We have come a long way in just three short weeks,” Little Falls head coach Kevin Jordan said. “Those first two games we had a lot of nervous energy. Offensively, we were playing too fast and didn’t even know where we could score from. Defensively, we were playing hard, but didn’t understand everything else that goes into it.

“The players are doing a much better job of playing better together at both ends of the floor,” he said. “We are definitely still a work in progress, but I really like the way these guys work and how focused they are at playing together. No one really cares who gets the glory.”

The Flyers rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to pull out the win, knocking off a team that bumped them from last year’s playoffs, a feat that should only pay dividends as the season progresses.

“I think the win at Alexandria will give our players the confidence that we can beat anyone on the schedule if we do the things we need to do,” Jordan said. “We are finding out that in order for us to be successful, we have to communicate at both ends of the floor. It’s the first step in having good chemistry that will allow us to play together as a team.”

Junior Bryce Zawatzke was stellar in the paint, putting up a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Sebastian Sowada followed with 12 points and junior Thomas Bell had nine points and four assists.

“Bryce, Seb and Thomas Bell are the three guys with the most experience,” Jordan said. “All three of them are important to our success. Bryce gives our team an inside presence, Seb gives us a perimeter threat and has been a very good vocal leader for us and Thomas is our floor leader. He understands the game and sees the floor very well.”

Juniors Kyle Kabanuk (7) and Brighton Goodrich (5), sophomore Riley Loukinen (5) and senior Mark Hanowski (4) rounded out the scoring.