Basketball: Thunder boys beat Flyers 71-66 in rematch; Connelly sinks 26

Torrid shooting by Kyle Connelly carried the Zimmerman Thunder to a 71-66 win over Little Falls on Friday evening in a duel of conference contenders on the Flyers court.

Connelly, a senior guard, poured in 26 points, shooting 9-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers, and 4-for4 at the line.

The Thunder (14-4)  squared accounts with the Flyers (13-5), having lost to them 105-85 at home in December.

St. Cloud Cathedral is 7-1, Zimmerman 6-1 and Little Fallsl 5-2 in Granite Ridge Conference play.

The 26-point burst was a career-high for Connelly, whose previous high was 15. He is averaging 10 points, and his 3-point percentge is .366.

Caleb Lunning chipped in 12 points, Gavin Doppler 10, Nate Christensen 7, Ethan Lunning 6, and ake Wilson 6. The Thunder were 8-for-20 on three’s, and 17-for-26 on free shots, with Doppler 6-for-6.

Thomas Small sank 23 points and Matt Valentine 18 for the Flyers.

The Thunder are back in action Saturday afternoon,  hosting Hibbing at 2 p.m.