Boys basketball roundup
Patch gets off to strong start
Stars and Stripes
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - The visiting Patch Panthers earned a quality win Saturday over Ramstein, last year’s DODDS-Europe Division I runner-up, 56-39.
Brendan Jones and John Robinson scored 20 points apiece as Patch opened its season in successful fashion. The Panthers outscored Ramstein 30-18 in the second half to run away with the game.
Ramstein’s record falls to .500 despite 13 points from Jamael Kingsberry and a six-point, eight-rebound effort from Christian Gunia.
SHAPE 63/58, Brussels American School 45/40; At Brussels, SHAPE took both games of a Friday and Saturday visit to its fellow Belgium-based program.
Returning standouts Alizi Douglas and Conner Manning sparked the Division I Spartans, scoring double-digit points in each game. Douglas led all scorers with 18 and added a game-high eight rebounds in Friday’s win, while Manning poured in 24 points Saturday while adding five steals and six assists.
Brussels hinted at an upset Saturday after trailing throughout Friday’s game, leading after one quarter and forcing a 21-21 tie at half before succumbing down the stretch.
The Brigands continue another local rivalry Wednesday at International School of Brussels, while SHAPE visits Wiesbaden on Dec. 14 and 15.
Menwith Hill wins three: Prolific scorer Schuyler Backlar propelled Menwith Hill to three victories over non-DODDS opponents Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs beat Hillingdon 82-54 on Friday, handled Hillingdon again 47-33 on Saturday and defeated Egham 51-38 later Saturday.
Backlar scored 43 points on 17-30 shooting and added 26 rebounds, nine steals, and five assists on Friday. He scored 24 points in each of Saturday’s games, which were played in four six-minute quarters. Teammate Adrian Knight posted 15 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s win.
Hillingdon and Egham are U.K.-based international schools. Menwith Hill takes on its first DODDS-Europe team Friday as Brussels pays a visit.
AFNORTH 49/64, Alconbury 30/24: At Brunssum, Netherlands, the host Lions recorded consecutive Friday and Saturday victories by wide margins.
AFNORTH overcame Kevin Beasley’s 17-point outing in Friday’s rout, rushing to a 14-point lead after eight minutes and cruising to the win. Saturday’s rematch was called early when AFNORTH’s lead reached the 39-point courtesy-rule threshold.
AFNORTH’s Josh Young racked up 20 points in Saturday’s shortened game, while Nuri Karaca scored in double figures twice on the weekend.
Bamberg 60/61, Hohenfels 57/50: A consistent Barons squad opened its season with home and away victories Friday and Saturday.
Terry Williams turned in back-to-back standout performances for Bamberg, notching 14 points and 18 rebounds Friday and 22 points and 12 rebounds Saturday. The Barons escaped fierce Tiger rallies on both occasions, as the home team scored 25 points in a Friday comeback bid and outscored the Barons 38-32 in Saturday’s second half.
Bamberg moves on to a home-and-home series next weekend with Schweinfurt, while Hohenfels visits Vilseck on Friday.
Heidelberg 54, Ansbach 50: Saturday at Heidelberg, the defending Division I champions edged the Cougars for their first win of the season.
The Lions opened the scoring on a four-point play by Joseph Patrick, part of a 12-point first-quarter outburst from the returning senior standout. The Cougars pulled ahead by halftime, but a string of clutch Patrick free throws and five late points by sophomore point guard Aaron Dunson sealed the win for the home team.