NAPLES, Italy - The Naples Wildcats claimed their first two victories of the year with Friday and Saturday routs of Italian rival Marymount International.
Jayontray Grogan led Naples in both games, producing 16 points, six rebounds and six steals Friday in a 60-39 victory and 21 points, six rebounds and five steals in a 49-9 rout Saturday.
The multi-sport star got the Wildcats off to consecutive quick starts; the team posted 21 points in Friday’s first quarter and 25 in Saturday’s opening eight minutes.
Jaquon Benton enjoyed his own productive weekend, totaling a combined 21 points and 16 rebounds in the two games.
Lotanna Mba scored 25 points for MMI on Friday night.
Naples, which lost to Vicenza in its only two games before the holiday break, will look to build its momentum next weekend at Sigonella.
Hohenfels 39, Ansbach 35: Friday at Ansbach, point guard Mark Carr carried the scoring load with a game-high of 13 as the Tigers remained unbeaten
Isaac Lopez was solid in support, producing 10 points and seven rebounds Friday.
The Tigers will put their streak on the line Tuesday against Schweinfurt/Bamberg.
Soon after, they’ll encounter their first Division I opponents of the season: Vilseck visits on Jan. 18, and Patch comes calling the next day.
Patch 66/67, Vilseck 44/65: At Stuttgart, the defending Division I champions survived a Saturday scare from an upstart contender.
David Harris poured in 27 points and visiting Vilseck built a six-point lead after one quarter Saturday in a promising but doomed upset bid. Patch recovered behind its own dynamic scorer, John Robinson, who scored a game-high 29 points. Robinson’s wing partner Brendan Jones added 20 points in support.
The Panthers found the going easier Friday In a 22-point rout. Jones led the way with 17 in that game, while Robinson added 14.
Both teams have road games at Schweinfurt/Bamberg and Hohenfels set for next weekend.
Brussels 43, AFNORTH 27: Saturday at Brussels, the Brigands held their guests scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the second half to break open a close game.
Javaughn Harrison led all scorers with 23 points and added nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Brussels, while Matt Proulx produced seven points and nine rebounds.
Brussels outscored AFNORTH 14-0 in the third quarter to add to a slender four-point halftime lead.
Aviano 62, Sigonella 59: Saturday at Aviano, the Saints withstood a 21-point outburst from the Jaguars’ Christian Moore to avenge the previous night’s 45-41 loss.
Aviano hosts Marymount next weekend, while Division III Sigonella targets another Division II opponent in Naples.
Kaiserslautern 76, Bitburg 28: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Raiders scored 28 first-quarter points to quickly put away the visiting Barons.
Kaiserslautern, an emerging Division I contender, placed four players in double figures. Emilio Moreno led the way with 16 points to lead all scorers, while Lorenzo Williams added 13, Andy Stern added 11 and Kyle Moore scored 10.
Moreno and Moore each had double-doubles, with Moreno leading with 15 rebounds and Moore grabbing 10.
Ian Alexander had 12 points to lead Bitburg.