Game of the week
BasketballKaiserslautern vs. Wiesbaden Friday Wiesbaden’s 61-55 defeat of Kaiserslautern on Dec. 12 was a worthy finale to the 2017 portion of the DODEA-Europe boys basketball season. Their rematch Friday should be an equally deserving centerpiece to the final weekend of the regular season. Both the Warriors and Raiders have the potential to reach and win the Feb. 24 Division I European championship game. But both teams have suffered losses to resurgent reigning champion Ramstein in recent weeks. Friday’s game will offer needed catharsis for the team that wins it, not to mention a potentially enhanced seed in the Division I tournament bracket. The Kaiserslautern girls, meanwhile, are at a late-season crossroads. A win over Wiesbaden would land the Raiders at 7-5 to finish the divisional season and potentially slot the team on the second tier of Division I contenders behind frontrunning Naples. A loss to the Warriors would drop the Raiders to .500 in the division and drop them into the middling depths of the division.