Boys high school basketball: Outburst costs AOSR forfeit loss to Vicenza
A flood of anger with five seconds to play in Friday night’s game between the American Overseas School of Rome and Vicenza led on-court officials to forfeit the game to Vicenza.
"The official said he was forfeiting the game because he deemed it uncontrollable," Vicenza athletic director Chance Wilson said by telephone Saturday.
Vicenza was leading 81-80 with five seconds to play when AOSR scoring ace Lorenzo Mannozzi lost the ball out of bounds in a collision with a Vicenza defender. Mannozzi, who drew a technical foul for arguing that a foul should have been called on the defender, became so irate at fouling out that he had to be restrained by AOSR coach Phil Davis, Wilson said, and the situation became so heated the game was called.
"The kid just lost it," Wilson said of Mannozzi.
Mannozzi scored 31 points before his disqualification, not enough to counter double-figure scoring from four Vicenza players — Michael Weston with 26 points, Shaquille Skeete with 21, and Gary Donald and Ben Grice, who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.
On Saturday, Vicenza, holding Mannozzi to just eight points, made it two in a row over the 2009 European D-III runner-up with a 77-53 victory.
"The game was tied at 32 at halftime," Vicenza coach Erik Wakefield said by phone Saturday, "but we went on a 29-11 run in the third quarter."
Vicenza improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Region IV. Skeete scored 23 to lead Vicenza. Donald added 16 and Fabian Severson 13 for the Cougars.
Nathan Sieben led AOSR (2-2, 1-1) with 19.
In other boys games of note:
Patch 55, Hohenfels 45: Saturday at Hohenfels, Justin Phelps buried three of his five three-point shots as the Panthers moved to 4-0 going into the holiday break.
Phelps finished with 21 points, and teammate Julius Johnson Rich added 12 for Patch (4-0, 2-0 in Region III), which led 52-24 after three quarters.
Phelps scored 18 points and Johnson-Rich 12 in Patch’s 48-37 victory Friday.
Jordan Gaddy led Hohenfels (2-2, 0-2) on Friday with 14 points. Miguel Chestnut paced the Tigers on Saturday with 18.
Bamberg 77, Vilseck 60: Friday at Bamberg, Joshua Fletcher scored 19 points, and Quadel Webb had 17 points, five steals and four assists to lift the Barons in their season opener.
Bamberg, a Division II school, made quick work of its D-I guests, taking a 43-30 halftime lead and expanding it to 65-42 after three quarters.