After notching impressive back-to-back wins, Little Falls nearly put up what would have been the prize upset of its season Tuesday against St. Cloud Cathedral.
Despite a narrow 62-55 loss to the second-ranked Crusaders, the Flyers gained momentum as the regular season winds down and the playoffs get set to begin.
Cathedral dodges upset
Little Falls came out with a little extra energy as a senior night crowd and lineup against Cathedral gave the team an early jolt, particularly the sight of senior Troy Scott on the court one last time for the opening tap after missing the entire season due to injury before being subbed out.
Little Falls closed the first half on a 14-2 run to go up 26-22 at the break, capped by a buzzer-beating shot by senior Sebastian Sowada.
In the end, though, the Crusaders managed to do just enough to escape the Flyers, utilizing a 13-0 run to start the second half to create some separation in a 62-55 win.
Sowada finished with 19 points, junior Kyle Kabanuk provided 14 and sophomore Riley Loukinen had eight for the Flyers, with senior Mark Hanowski and junior Bryce Zawatzke each pulling down seven rebounds.
Senior Jake Loukinen and junior Thomas Bell both had four assists.
LF tops Milaca, Perham
The Flyers had four scorers reach double figures as they defeated visiting Milaca 74-68, Feb. 14, including Zawatzke (20), Sowada (15), Hanowski (14) and Kabanuk (14).
Zawatzke also had five assists.
The Flyers followed up that performance with a stifling defensive effort in a 53-39 victory over visiting Perham, Feb. 15.
Sowada (14), Zawatzke (13) and Bell (11) led the Flyers in scoring, with Hanowski hauling in 10 rebounds.
Section 8AAA schedule
Little Falls will open the Section 8AAA tournament at Alexandria, Tuesday.