Truckee basketball | Boys struggle in loss to Sparks |

Truckee basketball | Boys struggle in loss to Sparks

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee senior Clayton O'Connell goes up for a contested layup during the Wolverines' 61-40 loss to Sparks on Friday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; About 2 minutes into Truckee’s Mount Rose League clash against visiting Sparks on Friday, Trent McMullen snared an offensive rebound over a defender and, in one motion, threw down a one-handed dunk with authority to knot the score at 6 points apiece.

Offensive highlights for the home team were few and far between from that point on, however, and the Railroaders rolled to a 61-40 win.

and#8220;We just couldn’t make a basket,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. and#8220;We really struggled offensively. Even when we had easy shots on the inside we missed. It was like there was a lid on the rim.and#8221;

After McMullen’s crowd-pleasing slam, the Railroaders scored the next 11 points as Truckee’s offense suddenly went dry. It was a trend that continued the rest of the contest minus a few small spurts and#8212; like when the Wolverines ended the half with six straight points to narrow a 16-point deficit to 10, at 30-20.

But that was as close as the Wolverines would get as the Railroaders extended their lead to 46-27 by the end of the third quarter.

and#8220;I think we rebounded well off of last night, which was an emotional game,and#8221; said Sparks head coach Dan Schreiber, referring to his team’s one-point loss the previous night to Incline and#8212; Schreiber’s former team. and#8220;The kids knew the importance of this game. We’ve been stressing the importance of winning away, especially at Truckee. It’s always a hard place to play.and#8221;

Sparks was led by four players who scored in double-figures, Erik Garcia with 15 points, Xavier Rodriguez with 11, and Darius Devine and Brian Morgan with 10 each.

Junior guard Graham Millie provided a spark for the Wolverines with 15 points, including 11 in the first half, while Clayton O’Connell finished with 11.

and#8220;Sparks played well. Unfortunately, it was one of those days when they were making everything and we couldn’t make anything,and#8221; Tenorio said.

Truckee fell to 3-2 in Mount Rose League play and 8-9 overall. Sparks improved to 2-2 in league and 13-5 overall.

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