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Sparks boys roll, girls fall
by Kayla Dubchansky
Feb 10, 2010 | 729 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks High’s Martin Jordan handles the defensive pressure of a Truckee defender during first-half action of the Railroaders’ 78-39 3A North League home victory Wednesday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks High’s Martin Jordan handles the defensive pressure of a Truckee defender during first-half action of the Railroaders’ 78-39 3A North League home victory Wednesday night.
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On Senior Night, the Sparks Railroaders got one step closer to an undefeated 3A North League season thanks to a 78-39 victory over Truckee in boys prep basketball action Wednesday.

Sparks improved to 15-7 overall and 11-0 in conference clashes with the mid-week win.

The Railroaders have just one game left on their 3A North League slate before opening the postseason next week. Wednesday’s final home game was a great way for Sparks to finish things off as it posted the one-sided victory.

“I’m glad for the seniors’ sake we came out pretty fired up, almost too much so. We looked a little nervous,” Sparks coach Dick Lee said. “We settled into our game plan and we knew we could get some easy baskets.”

Sparks took the lead early, 6-0, and never looked back as it sent Truckee back to California after a rough night. The Railroaders led 14-10 after the first quarter.

Sparks blew the game open with a 16-2 run in the first four and a half minutes of the second quarter to grab a 30-12 lead over the visiting Wolverines. The run was capped by a putback by Martin Jordan. Sparks held a 39-18 lead at halftime.

Angel Guillen, Andrew Garcia and Bryan Orellana are the three Sparks seniors graduating this year. The seniors summed up their season with the word ‘Zero’ as in no league losses.

“They mean so much to this program,” Lee said. “You can’t win championships without character and all three of them have very good character. They’re good people first and good basketball players after that.”

The Railroaders continued to enjoy success in the second half when a drive by Garcia gave Sparks a 50-22 edge with four minutes left in the third period.

Sparks led 58-33 to start the fourth quarter. After allowing a quick Truckee basket, Sparks scored eight unanswered points for a 66-35 lead on a Darrius Devine layup. Guillen nailed two free throws with 1:45 left on the game clock and the three seniors retired for the night, giving Sparks’ three subs some extra court time en route to the 78-39 trouncing.

All eight of Sparks’ players saw significant court time and all of them put points on the board for the Railroaders. Jordan had a game-high 21 points for Sparks. Guillen put in 18 and Henry Banks added 10 in the winning effort.

Truckee, which was outscored 20-6 in the fourth quarter, had just one player in double digits — Tyler Ferris who put in 13.

The Railroaders travel to Fernley on Friday for their last game of the regular season.

After the battle with Fernley, Sparks has a week off until tipping off the postseason with a Northern 3A semifinal. With the first seed, the Railroaders earn a bye Thursday and will play Friday against the winner of the fourth and fifth seeded teams. All regional matchups will be held in Winnemucca.

Lee has mixed feelings about the bye.

“We’re playing so well, I wouldn’t mind playing,” he said. “But there’s always the chance of injury.”

Girls

On the girls side, Sparks saw another chance for a win pass them by, falling 57-26 to Truckee. Sparks has eight graduating seniors.

Amanda Mahon, Melissa Tallent, Elina Falepapaplange, Alex Perez, Kristina Avilla, Gabby Diaz, Chelsea Harris and Stephanie Martinez all participated in their last home game for Sparks.

Diaz led Sparks with six points. Avilla and Perez each had five points for the Railroaders.
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