AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Aviano’s girls had little trouble sweeping their American Overseas School of Rome guests on Friday and Saturday, but it took Corey Webb’s driving crossover layup with 1.6 seconds left in Saturday’s game for the Saints’ boys to earn a split with the Falcons.

Webb’s clutch game-winner produced a 48-46 victory for the Saints, who had been victimized by a combined 52 points by the AOSR duo of Lorenzo Mannozzi and Nathan Sieben in Friday’s 66-49 loss. It was the first defeat of the season for the two-time defending European Division II champions.

Saturday, the Aviano defense clamped down harder on Sieben and Mannozzi, holding the duo to 16 and 15 points, respectively, allowing the 16 points scored by Myron McRae and 12 by Dan Bert to help the Saints ( 5-1 overall and in Region IV) keep pace.

Aviano’s girls (4-0), meanwhile, were content to leave the drama to their brothers in arms. They fashioned 48-28 and 47-34 victories behind 29 total rebounds and 23 total points by All-Europe junior center Jasmine Mailoto.

AOSR’s girls fell to 2-4 going into a bye week. They’ll stay home while their boy counterparts travel to Florence to face winless, boys-team-only International School of Florence.

Aviano’s boys and girls are ticketed for Sigonella this week, where the boys will be taking on an unbeaten Jaguars’ squad, the 2010 European Division III runner-up.

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