Sigonella plays giant killer again
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 18, 2014
SIGONELLA, Italy – The Sigonella Jaguars pulled off their second upper-division upset of the month on Saturday, edging visiting Naples 56-55 in overtime to earn a dramatic split of the weekend doubleheader.
Adding to the shock value, the win came after a 59-24 runaway victory for Naples on Friday night.
Neither team led by more than five in Saturday’s tight matchup. Naples - which has more than three times Sigonella's 100-student enrollment - scored five points in the final 10 seconds to tie the game and force an extra session. Gunnar Smith made seven of 10 free throws late in the fourth quarter and overtime to secure the victory.
Chris Moore scored 17 to pace Sigonella on Saturday, while Smith finished with 15 and Jason Berlin added 12.
Division III squad Sigonella moves to 4-2 on the season, with two of those wins coming against larger Division II opponents. The Jaguars defeated Aviano 45-41 on Jan. 10.
Sigonella will try to run the table of Division II Italian powers next weekend when it visits Vicenza.
Vicenza 47/49, Florence 5/10: At Vicenza, the Cougars dominated their overmatched visitors throughout a Friday-Saturday set.
James Ashley scored 12 points Friday and Aneas Simmons poured in 19 on Saturday as rolling Vicenza improved to 6-0 on the season. The Cougars will test that record next weekend against Sigonella.
Aviano 50/48, Marymount 11/24: At Aviano, Alex Slabaugh led the Saints to painless Friday and Saturday wins.
Slabaugh netted 15 points and five rebounds in Friday’s win and nearly duplicated the effort Saturday with 12 points and another five rebounds.
Vilseck. 60, Hohenfels 54: Friday at Hohenfels, the Falcons ended the Tigers’ unbeaten streak.
David Harris scored 18 points as Vilseck snapped a four-game winning streak and tasted victory for just the second time this season. Joey Julius added 10 points, while Jamar Walker led all rebounders with seven.
Hohenfels’ Isaac Lopez posted a 19-point, six-rebound effort in defeat.
Vilseck defenders combined for 14 team steals in the win.
Patch 63/60, Schweinfurt/Bamberg 22/40: At Schweinfurt, the Panthers dispatched the Razorbacks early in both games, building a 16-2 lead through one quarter Friday and a 22-7 advantage through eight minutes Saturday to erase any doubt.
John Robinson scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, to pace the Panthers. Leon Roy scored a combined 23 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds on each day.
Wiesbaden 85/66, BFA 34/15: At Wiesbaden, the Warriors alternately relied on offense and defense in back-to-back routs of the Falcons.
The offense took center stage Friday as Wiesbaden poured in 55 first-half points before coasting to a final total of 88.
The Warrior defense was equally dominant Saturday, holding BFA to six points or fewer in each quarter and limiting the Falcons to a season-low 15 points.
Fred Hannah scored 16 points Friday and Andrew Murray posted 15 on Saturday to lead the Warriors. CJ Pridgen scored in double digits in both games with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Murray grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds on both occasions.
Roger Higby and Jordan Stemple scored 10 points apiece for BFA on Friday.
The Warriors host Bitburg on Friday and visit Division I rival Ramstein on Saturday.
Ramstein 77/50, Baumholder 33/10: The Royals easily handled their regional rivals in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday.
Drew Tevebaugh scored 16 points and Jacob Brooker added 15 for Ramstein on Friday, while Lee Debose scored 11 to pace the Royals on Saturday. Keijay Moses led the Bucs in scoring in both games, totaling 15 points on the weekend.