Boys basketball roundup
Bamberg finishing hot before run at D-III title
Bitburg's Shawn Robinson dives for a loose ball under Kaiserslautern's Andrew Stern in Friday night's game against Bitburg at Kaiserslautern, Germany. Kaiserslautern defeated Bitburg 67-34.
Stars and Stripes
Bamberg continues to gather momentum for a run at the DODDS-Europe Division III championship.
A confident Barons team handled regional rival Hohenfels with ease Friday and Saturday, posting 62-51 and 72-46 victories and upping its record to 9-3.
Andrew Reed and Terry Williams carried the offensive load for Bamberg. Reed scored 37 points on the weekend, including a 24-point outburst Saturday, while Willliams added 34.
Williams also handled the bulk of the board work with 24 over the two games. Teammate Andray Gibson offered capable assistance, grabbing 11 on Friday and 10 more Saturday.
Last season’s Division III runner-up, Bamberg is riding a four-game winning streak dating back to a momentous Jan. 19 win over Patch. The Barons take on another Division I school next weekend with a home-and-home series against defending European champion Heidelberg.
Vilseck 54/83, Heidelberg 45/68: The Falcons continued their late-season sprint into Division I relevancy with a pair of home-court wins over the defending Division I champion Lions.
The Vilseck defense starred Friday, holding Heidelberg to just two second-half points.
Saturday saw improved offense from both teams, as Jason Caldwell scored 39 points for Heidelberg and Jeffrey Davis poured in 32 for Vilseck in a memorable duel. But the consistent Falcons pulled away, scoring at least 20 points in each of the final three quarters.
Now 5-8, Vilseck enters its Feb. 15 finale against Ansbach on a three-game winning streak.
Wiesbaden 56/68, Baumholder 47/49: At Wiesbaden, the Warriors outlasted a stiff challenge from the Division III Bucs.
Kelsey Thomas scored 19 and Andrew Murray 14 to help deliver Friday’s win for the Division I frontrunner. The Bucs’ consistent duo of senior Ben McDaniels and freshman Joseph Gouty answered with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
The same four stood out again Saturday with similar results. Thomas scored 24 and Murray 14 for Wiesbaden, while McDaniels led Baumholder with 18 and Gouty added 14.
AFNORTH 58/49, Menwith Hill 19/10: At Menwith Hill, the host Mustangs lost senior star Schuyler Backlar to injury, and with him any chance of competing with the Division II power.
Four players – Oguzhan Yabici, Nuri Karaca, Daniel Cordova and Melih-Eren Yabici - reached double figures in both games for AFNORTH. Each game was shortened by the mercy rule.
Lakenheath 53/43, SHAPE 29/35: The Lancers handled the Spartans with a steady home-court effort.
Nick Winkie notched a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double on Friday, offsetting the game-high 17 points produced by SHAPE’s Conner Manning. Chris Cedarstaff took over Saturday with an all-around gem including 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
A contender for the Division I European title, Lakenheath will host Menwith Hill on Feb. 16 in its final game of the regular season.
Kaiserslautern 67, Bitburg 34: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Raiders had no trouble with the visiting Barons.
All 12 Kaiserslautern players scored, led by 10 points apiece from TJ Hendrix and Makel Farmer.
The Raiders move on to an anticipated Tuesday rematch with fellow Division I power Wiesbaden.