KANDERN, Germany — Scott Custer hit a three-pointer to lift Black Forest Academy to a 69-68 upset over the visiting SHAPE Spartans on Friday night.

SHAPE was opening the defense of its European Division II title.

Kenny Reed had 18 points and 12 rebounds for BFA.

“They really played above their game,” BFA coach Art Melli said of his team.

The Spartans took back that game in the standings on Saturday, dropping BFA 73-63 with a late run.

Demetri Jones and Ryan Rice led the way with 15 and 14 points, respectively, as SHAPE pulled away from a 33-31 halftime edge.

The Spartans resume play Jan. 9-10 at Patch. BFA travels to Hanau for games Friday and Saturday.

Hanau 45, Patch 38; Hanau 54, Patch 31

HANAU, Germany — Robert Scott scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in each game as Hanau took two games from Patch.

London Central, Brussels sweep

In a pair of sweeps that count toward conference races, the London Central Bobcats defeated the visiting the Alconbury Dragons 61-30 and 51-24, and the visiting Brussels Brigands stopped Menwith Hill 61-49 and 51-46.

Kirk Warrior scored 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds on Friday for the Bobcats, but was lost to an injury Saturday.

“He was dominating last night [Friday],” said London Central coach Alan Campbell, “but [Saturday] he rolled his ankle.”

At Menwith Hill, Miguel Delgado scored 19 points on Friday for Brussels, which got 19 from Mike Moyseowicz on Saturday to overcome 19- and 22-point outings by Phil Greenwalt.

Heidelberg 53, Ansbach 35

ANSBACH, Germany — The Heidelberg Lions opened their quest for a fifth straight European championship Friday night by welcoming newcomer Jamaal John to the team.

The 6-5 John, a second-team All-Europe pick who scored 25.5 points a game as a Giessen sophomore last season, scored 26 points as the Lions wore down Division III contender Ansbach in a nonconference game.

With his teammates, particularly James Williams, getting him the ball inside, John scored 10 of his team’s first 13 points as theLions took a 13-10 first-quarter lead. Ansbach held him to four points in the second quarter and took a 22-21 halftime lead.

The Lions returned to feeding John after intermission and put the game away.

“They kind of wore us down,” said Ansbach’s Jon Austin, who scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. “I had a bad game. My shot wasn’t falling.”

All-Europe forward Jonathan Williams added 10 points for Heidelberg; Bailey scored 12 for Ansbach.

Wiesbaden beats Giessen, Baumholder

Robert Edwards banged home 14 points Friday night in a 51-47 road victory over Giessen, then added 16 points and six assists Saturday in a 62-44 thumping of visiting Baumholder. Both games were nonconference.

Sweeps in Italy

In American Schools in Italy play, Sigonella, Naples and Aviano picked up a pair of victories each against the league’s private schools.

Sigonella and Aviano won on the road — Aviano defeated American Overseas School of Rome, 62-50 and 81-60, and Sigonella mercy-ruled Milan twice, 49-8 and 50-10.

Naples rode balanced scoring to third-quarter mercy-rule romps over Marymount, 66-21 and 74-11.

Naples will host Sigonella Friday and Saturday; Aviano will make a second-straight journey to Rome to take on Marymount.

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