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Pfc. Jennette Dixon, right, from Mannheim try's to feed the ball around Britany Fusaro of Heidelberg Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim's sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships.

Pfc. Jennette Dixon, right, from Mannheim try's to feed the ball around Britany Fusaro of Heidelberg Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim's sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Pfc. Jennette Dixon, right, from Mannheim try's to feed the ball around Britany Fusaro of Heidelberg Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim's sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships.

Pfc. Jennette Dixon, right, from Mannheim try's to feed the ball around Britany Fusaro of Heidelberg Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim's sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Sgt. Johnny Allen, bottom, from Kaiserslautern fights with Sgt. Markquell Jackson of Mannheim Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Mannheim edged out Kaiserslautern 68-64 clinching the men's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Reginald Hawkins was named the men's MVP for the tournament.

Sgt. Johnny Allen, bottom, from Kaiserslautern fights with Sgt. Markquell Jackson of Mannheim Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Mannheim edged out Kaiserslautern 68-64 clinching the men's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Reginald Hawkins was named the men's MVP for the tournament. (Ben Bloker/S&S)

Tania Spann from Heidelberg moves the ball against Mannheim Sunday during the second half of their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships.

Tania Spann from Heidelberg moves the ball against Mannheim Sunday during the second half of their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. (Ben Bloker/S&S)

Sgt. Charles Clark from Mannheim lays up a shot against Kaiserslautern Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Mannheim edged out Kaiserslautern 68-64 clinching the men's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. Chief Warrent Officer 2 Reginald Hawkins was named the men's MVP for the tournament.

Sgt. Charles Clark from Mannheim lays up a shot against Kaiserslautern Sunday during their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Mannheim edged out Kaiserslautern 68-64 clinching the men's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. Chief Warrent Officer 2 Reginald Hawkins was named the men's MVP for the tournament. (Ben Bloker/S&S)

Spc. Takisha Watkins from Heidelberg sets up for a shot against Mannheim Sunday during the second half of their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. Watkins was named the women's MVP for the tournament.

Spc. Takisha Watkins from Heidelberg sets up for a shot against Mannheim Sunday during the second half of their championship matchup at Mannheim’s sports arena. Heidelberg beat out Mannheim 60-50 with a huge comeback in the second half clinching the women's U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships. Watkins was named the women's MVP for the tournament. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

MANNHEIM, Germany — Mannheim managed one of two titles it was up for Sunday in Installation Management Command-Europe’s U.S. Army-Air Force Final Four Basketball Championships.

Mannheim’s men squad triumphed 68-64 over Kaiserslautern in a tight contest, but the Mannheim women were overwhelmed in the second half in falling 60-50 to Heidelberg.

Both of Mannheim’s teams won the Army championship last weekend on the same Mannheim Sports Arena court, beating the same opponents they faced on Sunday.

The men’s title game was close throughout. The game had five ties with several coming in the closing minutes. With Mannheim up 63-61 late in the second half, After Kaiserslautern missed on a few chances to tie, the Mustangs pulled ahead 67-61 with 45 seconds left. K-Town’s Johnny Allen hit a three-pointer seconds later, but that’s as close as the Panthers could get.

Mannheim’s Reginald Hawkins, the men’s tournament MVP, led all scorers with 21 points.

In the women’s game, it was a tale of two halves as Heidelberg shook off a poor first half to take the title from Mannheim. Heidelberg scored 43 points in the second half and was led by tournament MVP Takisha Watkins, who scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half.

"It’s all about defense," said Watkins, an Army specialist. "We played a sluggish first half. I guess it was nerves. In the second half, we played our game – defense."

Heidelberg jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but Mannheim went on a tear, scoring 15 unanswered points. Heidelberg did not score a field goal for a roughly10-minute stretch in the first half with eight of the Lady General’s 17 first-half points coming on free throws. Heidelberg came out on fire in the second half, going on a 10-0 run to take the lead. In the first seven minutes of the second half, the Lady Generals scored 18 points, surpassing the number of points they scored in the entire first half. Mannheim only scored six points in the first 10 minutes of the second half and never recaptured the lead.

Mannheim closed within 46-40 with three minutes left to play, but that’s as close as the Lady Mustangs could get.

In both the men’s and women’s semifinals games Saturday, Army teams topped Air Force teams to reach the championship games. Kaiserslautern men’s Larry Bailey made a 28-footer with 3.9 seconds left in its semifinal game Saturday to beat Mildenhall 46-45 and advance to Sunday’s championship game.

This edition of the Final Four will be the last for the foreseeable future. Instead, the Army and Air Force will sponsor an all-comers, season-ending tournament, with the winners emerging as U.S. Forces Europe champions. No individual Army and Air Force championships will take place in 2010, officials said.

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