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Denver Arriola sank two free throws with two seconds to play Friday night to give Naples a 68-67 home victory over Vicenza and get his Wildcats started on a weekend sweep that clinched the American Schools in Italy League crown.

Arriola, who had a team-high 19 points Friday, took team honors again in Saturday’s 57-43 victory. Saturday’s victory improved Naples’ conference record to 6-0, with one league game left. Vicenza, which hosts Aviano on the final weekend of the regular season on Friday and Saturday, dropped to 4-2 in league play.

With a Naples loss and Aviano victory on Saturday, the Saints would tie Naples at 6-1, but the Wildcats hold the head-to-head edge over Aviano by virtue of their 46-44 victory in Aviano.

In other boys games of note Friday and Saturday:

Baumholder 57-55, Brussels 23-26:At Brussels, unbeaten Baumholder rolled over the Division IV Brigands Friday and Saturday to improve its overall record to 11-0 going into this weekend’s Division II-North showdown at home against SHAPE.

SHAPE 44-47, Menwith Hill 11-12:SHAPE (10-0 overall) claimed a pair of courtesy-rule victories over the visiting D-IV Mustangs. SHAPE, like Baumholder, is 4-0 in II-North play.

Würzburg 74-57, Mannheim 46-43: At Würzburg, the Wolves, European D-I champions for the last two seasons, got 12 points from James Robinson on Friday and 15 from Donald Bryant on Saturday to move into the lead in Division II-South at 3-1. Würzburg has two remaining conference games, at Vilseck on Feb. 16 and at home against Vilseck the next day.

London Central 48-48, Alconbury 35-32: At Alconbury, London Central’s Devin Kirkbride’s and Alconbury’s Cristian Felice each scored 14 points on Friday, but Kirkbride’s team emerged victorious.

Saturday, it was David Marbury who scored 14 points for London Central, which won by a nearly identical score.

Alconbury’s Arous Brown scored 14 points.

The sweep set up a III-North showdown at Menwith Hill this coming weekend. London Central and Menwith Hill both are 4-0 in league play; Alconbury joined Brussels at 0-4.

Aviano 84-62, Sigonella 47-27:At Sigonella, the baptism of the school’s new gym, “The Jag” did not go well for the home team as the Saints forced 34 turnovers Friday and 22 more Saturday.

Aviano’s Andre Dean was lighting up The Jag’s new scoreboard, with 42 points Friday and 33 Saturday.

Giessen 55-62, Hanau 49-42:At Giessen, the reigning European D-IV champs improved their III-South league mark to 4-0 with a sweep of Europe’s reigning D-II champions.

All-Europe second-teamer C.J. Battle posted double-doubles in both games: 27 points and 11 rebounds Friday, 16 points and 12 rebounds Saturday. Battle’s teammate D.J. George scored a game-high 19 points on Saturday.

The victories upped Giessen’s III-South mark to 4-0 going into conference games at home this weekend against Hohenfels (2-1 in league play) and at Ansbach on Feb. 16-17.

Heidelberg 64, Lakenheath 47:At Lakenheath, Keith Dupont scored 17 points and had six assists as the Lions rebounded from a 39-38 nonconference loss to the Lancers Friday.

Dupont’s teammate Ryan Rohren and Lakenheath’s Carl Snapp tied Dupont for game-scoring honors with 17 points.


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