Aviano routs Milan to stay perfect thus far
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – Lopsided victories on Friday and Saturday over the American School of Milan sent the Aviano Saints into the holidays unbeaten at 4-0.
Myron McRae scored a game-high 14 points in Friday’s 54-13 running-clock victory. Elijah Smith and Cory Webb, who each scored 10 points on Friday, added 10 more points each on Saturday in a 62-31 romp. Unlike Friday’s contest, Saturday’s never got into the 40-point margin that invokes the running clock or an early end to the game.
The difference was Milan’s Alessandro Tunzi. He scored just five points on Friday, but Saturday, his shots were dropping, and his game-high 25 points kept the margin within range.
“He’s a good player,” Aviano coach Kenneth McNeely said about Tunzi by telephone on Saturday. “If he had anyone to play around him, he could cause trouble.”
It didn’t hurt the cause of playing a regulation game that McNeely, as always in one-sided affairs, made liberal use of his bench.
“We played all 15 players on Saturday,” he said, “just like on Friday.”
Andrew Bert, who handed out five assists on Friday, aided the Aviano cause Saturday with eight points and six steals.
Milan fell to 0-4 and is to play next at Naples on Jan. 13-14. Next up for Aviano is a trip to Rome those same dates to take on the American Overseas School of Rome and its high-scoring star, Lorenzo Mannozzi. He’s averaging just under 25 points per game.
In other boys’ games of note:
Brussels 29, Menwith Hill 26: Saturday at Menwith Hill, 6-foot-6 senior Braden Brower overcame a Menwith Hill double-team to lead the Brigands to a Region I split on the road with 23 points and 16 rebounds. He scored 28 and grabbed 16 rebounds in Friday’s 51-36 Menwith Hill victory.
“…for the second straight night, Brower was dominant inside,” emailed Menwith Hill coach Greg DeJardin, “where he scored nine of Brussels’ 11 points in the critical fourth quarter. In that same quarter the Mustangs were held to two points on 1-of-12 shooting.”
It didn’t help Menwith Hill that its scoring leader, Schuyler Backlar, was out Saturday with a broken bone in his hand he suffered in Friday’s game.
Saturday’s outcome left both teams with 1-2 overall records. Both also are 1-1 against Region I small-schools competition.
Kaiserslautern 70, Bitburg 53: Saturday at Bitburg, James Bradley and Derryk Scarvers each scored 21 points to lift the Red Raiders into a holiday-pause tie with Ramstein atop the Region II standings.
Each neighborhood rival is 2-0 in the region and 2-1 overall. They’ll settle that situation, at least temporarily, when they resume their 2011-2012 seasons head-to-head Jan. 10 at Ramstein.
Naples 53, Marymount 12: Saturday at Rome, Nigel Alexander took game-scoring honors for the second straight day, this time with 19 points, as the Wildcats claimed their second straight courtesy-rule victory over their winless hosts.
Naples (3-1) led 42-12 at halftime. The Wildcats are next scheduled for home games Jan. 13-14 against another 0-4 team, the American School of Milan.
AOSR 57, Sigonella 50: Saturday at Sigonella, AOSR’s Mannozzi scored 21 points to lead the Falcons to the sweep that left them 3-1 overall and in Region IV.
Sigonella fell to 2-2 in the game which saw AOSR take a 23-9 first-quarter lead.
Chris McKissick scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Sigonella, which is next scheduled for home games Jan. 13-14 against Vicenza.