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.