"I thought we played well enough to win," Sparks coach Dick Lee said. "I didn't think we played poorly. We played well, we had to play well, they're a good team...We were ready to play them. We didn't play with as much hop in our step as we did last night."
Friday night Sparks battled it out with Lowry to a 55-49 win.
"Your body needs time to recover and the kids played real hard Friday night," Lee said.
Both teams played Friday night and were able to keep pace with each other in a see-saw of a first quarter. Sparks was the first to get itself a little room with a 12-9 edge over Spring Creek with three minutes left in the opening period on a layup by Angel Guillen. The Railroaders sustained its lead through the quarter with a 17-15 advantage.
Sparks led 27-19 halfway through the second quarter. Spring Creek bounced back with an 8-0 run to tie the game capped by a bucket from Tyler Scott. Tied at 29 each, Sparks put up a 10-3 run to take a 39-32 lead into halftime. Martin Jordan hit a triple for a 36-32 lead. Guillen scored the last three points for Sparks, the first of two free throws followed by a layup, assisted by Eric Garcia for the seven-point lead.
The lead didn't matter much to Spring Creek at the start of the second half. Sparks started the third with the ball but mishandled, and Gerald Olson cashed in for a layup just nine seconds in. A 3-pointer by Nate Hofland made Sparks' lead disappear with the game tied at 39.
Sparks was able to retake the lead on another three-point basket by Martin, 42-39. The Railroaders finished the quarter on a 6-0 run for a 51-43 lead heading into the fourth.
After the Spartans' Curtis Marcille hit the second of two free throws early in the fourth, Sparks scored the next eight points for a double digit 59-48 lead over the visiting squad.
Sparks would allow only eight Spring Creek points in the fourth quarter en route to the 68-55 final for the Railroaders.
"We're playing a lot better," Lee said. "There's a lot of rooms for growth, lots of room. We are playing pretty well right now. I'm happy where we stand, but am I satisfied? No...Our practice gear says 'unfinished business.' We have unfinished business."
Sparks (8-7, 4-0 3A North) is off this upcoming week until it travels to Truckee on Friday. Then it will host Fernley on Saturday.