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Sparks takes down third 4A foe of season
by Tribune Staff
Dec 11, 2010 | 758 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks Railroaders bounced back Saturday afternoon in fine fashion from a tough loss to cross-town rival Reed a night earlier. The SHS club shook off a 30-point drubbing against the Raiders by outlasting North Valleys 71-66 in double overtime at the Brickhouse.

Sparks struggled offensively Friday against Reed, managing just 25 points in the final 27 minutes of play, but it found the bottom of the net plenty of times less than 24 hours later.

“It was a short turnaround for the kids after last night,” Sparks co-head coach Mike Jones said. “I was a little worried about us being hydrated, but we did a good job bouncing back. The kids were resilient. We played with a lot of emotion.”

The Railroaders jumped out to an 18-11 lead after one period. The scoreboard read 24-19 in Sparks’ favor at the break. The local school still had a five-point lead after three periods, 37-32.

North Valleys outscored its hosts 18-13 in the final quarter to force overtime deadlocked at 50-50.

“We were battling some foul trouble (in the fourth quarter) and had some subs in the game,” Jones said. “We didn’t quite get the scoring we’d hoped for in that fourth quarter.

“In the overtimes, we picked it up and did a good job. In the overtimes, we settled down and played much better. It was tooth and nail all the way through.”

Martin Jordan had 20 points to lead Sparks while his SHS teammates Erik Garcia and Brian Morgan chipped in 15 and 11 points respectively.

Jordan Digiulio had a big night for North Valleys, keeping the visiting Panthers in contention by totaling 29 points in the non-league affair.

Sparks (4-2) returns to the hardwood Tuesday night when it hosts Portola, Calif. at 7 p.m.
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