Boys basketball roundup
Aviano sweeps to set up showdown with Naples
Stars and Stripes
DODDS-Europe’s last remaining undefeated boys basketball team stayed that way as Aviano swept host Marymount on Friday and Saturday, 66-29 and 51-29.
Jamal Thomas, Zack Erskine, Andrew Bert and Marcus Brown reached double figures in points in at least one of the Aviano wins.
Ziyad Nour was productive in defeat with consecutive 15-point games.
The 8-0 Saints confront their toughest test of the season next weekend as defending Division II champion Naples pays its first visit of the season.
Patch 79/77, Vilseck 55/61: At Patch, the Panthers swept Friday and Saturday games from the Falcons.
Junior John Robinson continued his prodigious scoring with games of 23 and 25 points, respectively. Carlton Campbell led Vilseck with 14 and 16 points.
The 7-1 Panthers quickly bounced back from last weekend’s upset at the hands of Division III Bamberg, and remain the only team to defeat front-running Kaiserslautern.
Vicenza 59/62, AOSR 48/45: The host Cougars handled another Region IV opponent with ease Friday and Saturday.
LaScott Richardson’s 31-point outburst Saturday completed the sweep for Vicenza, which took its first loss of the season Jan. 18 in a rugged doubleheader split with rival Naples. Terell Gandy scored 20 points to pace Friday’s win, while Derrick Scaefer poured in double-digit points on both occasions.
AOSR’s Colin Cook was prolific in defeat, scoring a game-high 27 on Friday and adding 20 on Saturday.
Wiesbaden 71, Bitburg 50: The Warriors built a 20-point halftime lead and kept their Region II record perfect with a blowout of the struggling Barons.
Kelsey Thomas scored 16 points to spearhead a balanced Wiesbaden offense. The Warriors stayed tied with fellow Division I contender Kaiserslautern atop the Region II standings.
CJ Evans continued his strong play for the Barons with a game-best 20 points. Bitburg, however, continues to pursue its first win of the season.
Kaiserslautern 84, Ramstein 80: One of DODDS-Europe’s most heated rivalries lived up to its pedigree Friday as the Red Raiders handed the Royals a home-court defeat.
The fast-paced affair produced three 20-point scorers, as Ramstein’s Jesse Gray and Kaiserslautern’s Devin Joseph turned in matching 25-point games and Ktown’s Andy Stern tossed in 24 of his own.
The Raiders, 7-1 and now on a four-game winning streak, haven’t lost since Dec. 8.
The teams won’t wait long for the rematch, as Ramstein visits Kaiserslautern on Tuesday.