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Sparks boys and girls whiff against Dayton
by Tribune Staff
Jan 25, 2014 | 966 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If karma is real, a dump truck of good luck is heading in the Sparks boys basketball teams’ direction in the near future – like tomorrow.

The Railroaders (1-16) have lost five games this season by four points or less. Their most recent, Saturday, came in a 55-54 home loss to Dayton (11-6).

Sparks fell to Dayton 50-47 in the teams’ first meeting of the season on Dec. 20 after a late controversial technical foul call put the Dust Devils on the free-throw line, in the waning seconds, with the game tied.

On Saturday, the Dust Devils took a 28-12 lead into the second half only to watch the Isaiah Campbell-led Railroaders come within two points of completing the comeback.

Campbell finished with 26 points and hit 6-of-12 shots from behind the arc. Gerardo Valencia hauled in nine rebounds and was one of three Railroaders to score six points.

The good-mojo-deprived Railroaders do not get a break in their schedule with a tough draw in their next game, Friday, at home against Lowry. The Buckaroos are considered one of the best teams in the North regardless of classification.

The Sparks girls (1-14) trailed Dayton (2-12) just 22-17 at the break but were unable to to overcome the five-point deficit. The visiting Dust Devils outscored the Railroaders 30-14 in the second half and walked away with a 52-31 win.

Angela Sikora led Dayton with 17 points.

Sparks hosts Lowry on Friday.

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