With every team’s ultimate fortunes decided at the European tournament, regular-season DODDS-Europe boys basketball games are played for different stakes: tournament seeding, momentum, bragging rights, confidence.
Wiesbaden has all of those for now.
The Warriors ransacked rival Ramstein’s gym Saturday and came away clutching an impressive 78-62 victory over last year’s Division I runner-up, handing the Royals their second loss of the season while keeping their own record unblemished.
Wiesbaden produced decisive margins in the second and fourth quarters to put away the Royals. The Warriors broke open a 17-17 tie through eight minutes with a 21-12 run before halftime, and finished the job by outscoring the home team 25-18 in the fourth quarter.
Darren Williams headlined the deep Warrior roster on this occasion with 19 points; CJ Pridgen pitched in with a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Drew Tevebaugh was dominant inside for the Royals, finishing with a game-high 26 points along with 10 rebounds.
Wiesbaden 68, Bitburg 31: Friday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors warmed up for the Royals with a rout of the Barons.
Fred Hannah totaled 12 points and six rebounds to pace a balanced Wiesbaden offense that exploded for 52 first-half points, including 31 in the second quarter.
Ian Alexander cracked double digits with an 11-point effort for Division II Bitburg.
Vicenza 57/64, Sigonella 18/36: At Vicenza, the Cougars emphatically swatted down the Jaguars’ hopes of another upset.
Division III Sigonella came into the weekend owning wins against Vicenza’s fellow Division II programs Naples and Aviano. But Vicenza, unbeaten in DODDS-Europe games this season, wouldn’t cooperate. The Cougars built a 22-5 lead on Friday and a 20-4 lead on Saturday to quickly eliminate any doubt.
LaScott Richardson scored 18 points in Friday’s game, while Matt Stitzel poured in a combined 29 on the weekend.
Chris Moore scored 10 on Friday and 18 on Saturday in a losing effort.
Vicenza faces Marymount and Aviano over the next two weekends before likely entering the Division II tournament as a top contender and possible No. 1 seed.
Naples 62/45, Aviano 39/65: At Naples, the two Italian rivals played to a peculiar doubleheader draw.
While the teams played to a near-draw overall – Naples scored 107 points on the weekend, Aviano scored 104 – neither game was close.
On Friday, Naples outscored the Saints 14-2 in the first quarter to build a lead it nursed for the rest of the game.
Aviano took a more methodical approach to its Saturday victory, building an eight-point first-quarter lead and tacking on a handful of points each quarter thereafter.
Aviano’s Jamal Thomas scored 19 points Friday and 26 on Saturday. Naples’ Jayontray Grogan edged Thomas for game-high scoring honors with a 20-point effort Saturday.
Vilseck 53/57, Schweinfurt/Bamberg 25/31: At Schweinfurt, the host Razorbacks couldn’t craft the desired ending in the final two home basketball games in the schools’ history.
The combined Schweinfurt/Bamberg squad, comprised of players from the two soon-to-close Bavarian schools, hinted at an upset Saturday. The scrappy team finished the first quarter tied at 12 with their Division I neighbors. But an 18-6 Vilseck run in the second quarter dashed those hopes.
Leon Roy was again valiant for the winless Razorbacks, posting 12 points and 11 rebounds Friday and nine points and 10 rebounds Saturday.
Joey Julius scored in double figures in both games for the Falcons, matching Roy’s 12 on Friday and scoring 13 on Saturday. Amare Thurman scored 18 and Khayree Files added 10 on Saturday as Vilseck overwhelmed the Razorbacks.
Schweinfurt/Bamberg takes to the road for the rest of the regular season before entering the Division II tournament next month.
Brussels 47/49, Menwith Hill 25/29: At Menwith Hill, the Brigands claimed both halves of a Division III doubleheader.
Javaughn Harrison posted consecutive double-doubles for Brussels with 16 points and 10 rebounds Friday and 21 points and 12 rebounds Saturday. The Brigand defense was equally dominant, holding the Mustangs to one first-quarter point Friday and one first-half point Saturday.
Chuckie Reuss made three of three attempts from three-point range Friday and scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half Saturday to keep Menwith Hill competitive.
Patch 69/55, Hohenfels 41/13: At Hohenfels, the host Tigers’ season-opening winning streak retreated further into the past.
The Panthers’ wing tandem of Brendan Jones and John Robinson was at its best throughout the weekend. Jones had 21 points and 8 rebounds and Robinson scored 16 on Friday. They each reached double digits again Saturday, with Robinson scoring 12 and Jones chipping in 10.
The two teams are experiencing opposite momentum shifts.
Defending Division I champion Patch has won seven straight games since a season-opening loss to Kaiserslautern.
Hohenfels has lost three in a row, all to Division I competition, after sprinting out to a 6-0 start to the season. The Tigers won just one game all of last season.