But Sparks did not let up in a non-conference tilt against Portola, Calif. Tuesday. The Railroaders used some stifling
defensive pressure to roll over their out-of-state foe, posting a 63-23 home win in boys prep basketball action.
Sparks led 12-6 after one period, but extended that edge to 30-8 by halftime after outscoring Portola 18-2 in the second eight minutes.
“We just talked about upping our defensive pressure,” Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. “We had a nice talk between the first and second quarter about that and we opened it up. We forced a lot of turnovers and capitalized on the other end.”
The Railroaders kept pouring it on. They led 47-20 after three quarters and then outscored Portola 16-3 in the final period to account for the 40-point romp.
Brian Morgan and Keiffer Putman both scored 14 points to lead the Railroaders’ offensive attack.
“We really were concentrating more on the defensive side than the offensive side,” Schreiber said. That was reflective in their scoring patterns.”
Sparks (7-2) returns to action Dec. 30 at home against Wooster at 3 p.m.