The Railroaders put those lessons to good use Friday night, making sure they didn’t overlook South Tahoe and rolling to a 55-40 road victory.
The highlight of the night was Sparks senior Erik Garcia, who drew nine charges on defense.
“He played out of his mind on both sides of the court,” Sparks boys basketball coach Dan Schreiber said.
Sparks (17-6, 5-2 Mount Rose League) hosts Truckee today at 3:30 p.m. A win for the local squad will make them the frontrunner for the league’s top seed come playoff time.
•The Sparks girls trailed by 15 at halftime, but made a game of it with a strong second half. In the end, the Railroaders fell 56-44 to South Tahoe in Mount Rose League girls basketball action.
“The girls played well tonight,” Sparks girls basketball coach Tony Shaw said. “We were down by like 20 and cut it to around five. It was just too little, too late.”
The Vikings led 27-12 at halftime, but the Railroaders outscored the home team 32-29 over the final two quarters.
Krystal Parker led Sparks (3-12, 1-6) with 14 points.
The Maroon and Gold takes on Truckee at 2 p.m. today at home.