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Sparks boys hoops remains winless
by Tribune Staff
Dec 14, 2013 | 1076 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks boys basketball team (0-7) is still looking for its first win of the season after two narrow defeats in its final two games of the Rail City Classic.

Wooster 56, Sparks 49

In the first round of the double-elimination portion of the tournament, Friday, the Railroaders were unable edge the Colts on their home floor.

Sparks fell to Wooster by the same seven-point margin (48-41) one day prior in a inconsequential game (tournament wise) between the two tournament hosts.

The Railroaders took a 22-20 lead into the half before being outscored 15-12 in the third quarter and 21-15 in the fourth.

Isaiah Campbell led Sparks with 13 points and Vernon Trinidad chipped in 11 as the only other Railroader in double digits.

Like he did in the two teams' meeting Thursday, Wooster's Shandy Hunter torched the Railroaders, scoring 14 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc.

Thurgood Marshall 53, Sparks 43

Campbell scored a team-high 19 points and the Railroaders led 25-23 at the half but it wasn’t enough as Sparks fell in the 11th/12th place game of the Rail City Classic.

Led by Jason Smith’s 25 points, Thurgood Marshall outscored Sparks 15-8 in the third quarter and 15-10 in the fourth. Ten of Smith’s game-high 25 points came in the fourth quarter.

Mizell Parker scored 16 points as no other Thurgood Marshall player scored more than four points.

Trinidad and Kevin Borja both chipped in seven points for the Railroaders.

Connecting on free-throw attempts has been a problem for Sparks this season but that was not the case Saturday as the Railroaders sunk 71 percent of their shots from the charity striped – on seven attempts.

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