Boys basketball roundup
Hohenfels continues school’s trend of tight finishes, wins
The good times just keep on rolling for Hohenfels.
Just over a month after stunning DODDS-Europe by winning the Division II European football championship, the Hohenfels Tigers are off to a 2-0 boys basketball start after a pair of narrow opening-weekend wins at Black Forest Academy. The Tigers won 34-32 on Friday and 48-47 on Saturday.
Like the school’s football team, which tortured and thrilled its fans with a series of comeback victories en route to the title, the Hohenfels hoopsters are flashing an early knack for staying in and eventually winning close games.
On Friday, the Tigers scored just one first-quarter point, but outscored the Falcons 17-6 in the second quarter to pull ahead. On Saturday, the Tigers erased a one-point halftime deficit and prevailed behind a 15-9 fourth-quarter advantage.
Isaac Lopez scored 14 points to lead all scorers Friday, while Mark Carr scored 16 to lead the Tigers on Saturday. David Vidovic and Tony Saintmelus, the two primary stars of the Tigers’ football champions, played central roles, with Vidovic collecting 13 points and four rebounds Saturday and Saintmelus scoring a combined 20 points over the two games.
Peter Ling scored 28 points on the weekend, including a game-high 19 on Saturday, to lead the Falcons.
The two victories double the win total the Tigers managed in a 1-13 season a year ago. They’ll play just one more game – Saturday at Schweinfurt/Bamberg – before the holiday break.
Wiesbaden 77, Baumholder 35: Friday at Wiesbaden, the host Warriors unleashed a high-octane offense in a rout over the Bucs.
Three Wiesbaden players reached double figures in scoring in the balanced attack, which produced at least 17 points in each 8-minute quarter. Reymoi Lewis, fresh off quarterbacking the Warrior football team to a European title, led the way with 13, while Anthony Little added 12 and Andrew Murray 10.
Kelsey Thomas led the Warriors with eight rebounds, while Lewis and Tyler Cordoni had seven each.
Baumholder’s Demonte Fisher led all scorers with 18 points.
AFNORTH 35, Brussels 25: Friday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Lions defended their turf with an opening-night home-court win.
Eren Yabici, one of the few returnees from last year’s Division II championship squad, led AFNORTH with a game-high 15 points.
Brussels, a Division III hopeful, scored 12 of its 25 points in the fourth quarter in an ill-fated rally attempt. Matt Proulx scored eight points to lead the Brigands.
SHAPE 52, AFNORTH 38: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Spartans opened their season with a win and snuffed out the Lions’ fledgling win streak.
Armond Griebe scored 18 points and Austen Eperjesi added nine as SHAPE outscored the Lions 28-16 in the second half. The stout Spartan defense held the home team to just six points in the fourth quarter.
Yabici and fellow returnee Daniel Cordova scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for AFNORTH.
The schedule says SHAPE will stay undefeated for at least another month – the Spartans don’t play again until their home opener Jan. 17 against International School of Brussels.
Vilseck 83, Ansbach 41: Saturday at Vilseck, an explosive offense and a ferocious defense delivered a blowout win.
Four Falcons reached double figures in scoring – Isaiah Adkins had 16, Daryl White 14 and David Harris and Joey Julius 10 apiece – and Khayree Files swiped seven of Vilseck’s 21 team steals as the home team cruised.
Brandon Dunn and Roger Brownell scored 12 points each for Ansbach.
Ramstein 64, Bitburg 20: Saturday at Bitburg, the Royals completed a home-and-home sweep of the Barons.
Jesse Gray scored 14 points and Lee Debose, Jamael Kingsberry and Drew Tevebaugh scored 11 apiece to lead Ramstein. Ian Alexander scored 10 for Bitburg.
The Royals beat Bitburg 59-8 on Friday night at Ramstein.