Sparks trailed Yerington just 23-16 at the half in Thursday’s Rail City Classic consolation game at Sparks but the Lions scored the first seven points of the second half and never looked back.
The Lions (7-1) led by no fewer than 14 the rest of the way on their way to a 48-28 win of Sparks (1-2). The final 20-point margin was the largest of the game.
Turnovers cost Sparks dearly in the loss as Yerington scored 18 points in transition.
“Yerington capitalized on our mistakes. They’re really fast,” Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. “It’s early. We just have to regroup and take care of the basketball and take care of the shots were supposed to make at the varsity level.”
After the 7-0 run to start the second half, the Lions ended the third quarter on another 7-0 to take a 37-19 lead into the final eight minutes.
“We’re getting great looks at the basket,” Schreiber said. “Most of our shooters and are able to get those shots off, there’s (nobody) guarding them. There’s no pressure. They’re just not falling.”
John Anguiano led the Railroaders with eight points.
Yerington scored the first eight points of the contest but Anguiano split a pair of free throws early in the second to pull the Railroaders within 14-11. The hosts would get no closer.
The Lions re-established separation with a quick 5-0 before the two squads traded buckets for the remainder the half.
The Railroaders will look to even their record on Friday at Wooster against Damonte Ranch at 4:30 p.m. in their third game of the Rail City Classic.
Defending DI North champ overpowers Reed
Jeremy Ramos scored 13 points and Lincoln Turner went for 11 but it wasn’t enough as the Reed was handled 71-48 by Galena in the winner’s bracket of the Rail City Classic on Thursday night at Sparks High.
Dillon Voyles led the Grizzlies, which improved to a perfect 7-0, with 22. The Raiders dropped to 2-4.
Reed wraps up its stint in the Rail City Classic Friday night at 6 p.m. against Dougherty Valley at Sparks.