Seven DODDS-Europe boys basketball teams and five international rivals will converge on Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the annual Stuttgart Winter Basketball Tournament.
The DODDS-Europe participants include Division I programs Patch, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, and Wiesbaden and Division II entries Baumholder, Bitburg and Black Forest Academy. Though the event is sanctioned by DODDS, the games do not count toward the teams’ regular-season records.
Local German clubs Ludwigsberg, TSV Hafnerhaslach, BSG Vaihingen-Sachsenheim and BC Vaihingen and French school Paris International round out the 12-team field.
The three-day tournament starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, with each team playing two pool games. On Friday, the teams will be slotted into a 12-team championship bracket. The tournament’s semifinals and championship game will be played Saturday, along with consolation games. Each game is slated to last about an hour, with six-minute quarters and a five-minute halftime.
Lakenheath won last year’s tournament, stunning host Patch 41-40 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Chris Cedarstaff.
The DODDS-Europe basketball season resumes Friday, Jan. 10.
Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.
He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.
Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.
Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.
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Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)
Mar. 20: Winter sports season comes to an end, with most spring teams still thawing out after a light opening weekend.