T.J. ShortBoys basketball


Last week: Short, a 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard and forward who made the all-tournament team in last year’s Division IV Europeans, didn’t allow his game to suffer while awaiting the Vikings’ first DODDS game this season.

Short welcomed Menwith Hill to the mid-Atlantic Ridge on Friday with a 30 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals in a 67-53 victory. Saturday, he struck for 13 points in a 50-49 win.

Short “is averaging 20.2 points, 8.6 assists and 11 rebounds per game,” Iceland coach Dwight Rickey wrote in an e-mail. He said his playmaker has accumulated 43 steals this season, during which the Vikings, as usual, play mostly base and Icelandic teams.

“He is a hard-working young man whose unselfish play makes all of his teammates feel they are an integral part of the team,” Rickey concluded.

Nyrika DavisGirls basketball


Last week: Davis, a 5-foot-5 junior guard in her first season at Naples, scored 26 points Friday, then hit crucial free throws down the stretch Saturday as the Lady Wildcats climbed back into the American Schools in Italy League race by sweeping previously unbeaten Aviano 49-39 and 48-44.

“This Friday and Saturday, she needed to step up her level of play to help us defeat Aviano,” Naples coach Craig Lord wrote in an e-mail about Davis, who averages 14 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists per game.

When all-European Renna Damon fouled out with a little more than two minutes to go, “Nyrika hit four crucial free throws to help us win,” Lord wrote.

Naples and Aviano are tied at 3-1 in league play, each a game behind 4-0 Sigonella.

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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