It’s never wise to count out the Ramstein boys basketball team.
The Royals, who have reached every European Division I boys championship game since the present crop of high school students in Europe were in grade school, tightened up the Region II race Friday night by giving Wiesbaden its first conference loss of the season, 64-57.
Ramstein didn’t play its fourth game this year until Jan. 18. By then Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden had already gotten off to strong starts. But the Royals, who improved to 7-1 and 9-3 overall with Friday’s victory, are among a host of D-I teams now capable of winning the title when the Division I tournament starts Thursday in Wiesbaden.
The two teams met again Saturday, but details about the game were not reported to Stars and Stripes.
Friday, Drew Tevebaugh scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures. Andrew Murray had 20 points and Kelsey Thomas 13 for Wiesbaden, 8-1 in the region and 11-2 overall.
Patch 72/53, Schweinfurt 46/52: In Stuttgart, it wasn’t easy Saturday, but the host Panthers wrapped up the Region II title with a pair of victories over the Razorbacks.
John Robinson provided much of the offensive firepower for Patch, with 22 points on Saturday, following a 17-point effort on Friday. Kris German finished with a combined 20 points over the two games for Patch, 11-1 in the region. Schweinfurt, 8-4 in region play, was led by Christian Carillo’s 17 points on Saturday and 21 from Tyler Clark on Friday.
Kaiserslautern 61/41, Black Forest Academy 60/39: At Kandern, Germany, the Red Raiders edged the host Falcons both nights, finishing up third in Region II at 7-3.
Lorenzo Williams paced Kaiserslautern with 25 points on Friday, and Andrew Stern led the way with 16 on Saturday. Luke Zvara countered with 17 for BFA on Friday and Travis Olson finished with 17 after scoring 13 the first game.
Baumholder 52/53, Brussels 40/34: At Brussels, the visiting Bucs got two big efforts from their “Big 2” of Ben McDaniel and Joseph Gouty to finish the regular season with a pair of non-conference victories.
Gouty, a freshman had 37 points between the two games and McDaniels, a senior, finished with 32 points and 16 rebounds. Jake Saunders finished with a combined 27 points for Brussels.
AOSR 64/65, Marymount 45/53: In Rome, the Falcons finished the year with a 6-6 mark in Region IV play by sweeping their cross-town rivals.
Colin Cook had 37 points between two games, with Justin Tiumavana contributing 28. Ziyad Noir scored 44 for Marymount, which finished the regular season 3-9.
SHAPE 53/56, Bitburg 41/55: At SHAPE, Conner Manning and PJ Nieves were too much for the Barons to overcome as the Spartans wrapped up the regular season on a winning note.
Manning had 36 points between the two games and Nieves 31. Austen Eperjesi contributed 12 points between the two games and led the team in rebounds with 12 each contest. Shawn Robinson paced Bitburg each game, with 16 on Saturday, following a 12-point performance on Friday.
Lakenheath 47, Menwith Hill 6: Saturday at Lakenheath, Nick Winkie and Deion Hall led a balanced scoring attack as the Region I-leading Lancers finished the regular season with a mercy rule victory over the outmanned Mustangs.
Winkie and Hall each had 10 points for Lakenheath, which went unbeaten in region play at 8-0. Alex Asbury scored nine points and had a team-high seven rebounds.
Vilseck 76, Ansbach 64: Friday at Vilseck, the Falcons finished a late-season surge by topping the Cougars behind Jeffrey Davis’ 20 points and 15 from John Kiner.
Brandon Dunn had 22 and Xavier Cage 17 for Ansbach, but couldn’t stop Vilseck from winning their fourth straight game to end the regular season.