Five-time defending European Division I champion Heidelberg had won 20 straight games going into the weekend, but has a string of another kind going after consecutive road losses on Friday and Saturday.
At Ansbach, All-Europe senior Russell Bailey had 12 points and 12 rebounds Friday night as the Cougars ended Heidelberg’s streak with a 37-31 victory. Brandon Bachtel added 10 points and Tyler Sherman grabbed eight rebounds as the Cougars overcame a 14-2 first-quarter deficit against the Lions, whose last previous loss was on Feb. 14, 2003.
Heidelberg’s woes continued Saturday in a 40-35 defeat at Ramstein. The Royals lost by four to Heidelberg in last season’s Division I title game.
Allen Weaver scored 17 points and Brennon Relaford 10 as Ramstein evened its Division I record at 1-1 going into the winter break.
The Royals are scheduled to host unbeaten Würzburg, which beat Ramstein 32-31 earlier this season, when play resumes Jan. 7.
Heidelberg (2-2, 0-1) got 11 points from T.C. Blanks in the loss at Ramstein. The Lions will resume their season at Bamberg of Division III on Jan. 8 before hosting International School of Brussels in a Division I matchup Jan. 14-15.
In other games of note Friday and Saturday:
K-town stays perfect
Quintin Strawder and Clinton Robinson III led Kaiserslautern to a 61-30 victory over Giessen in a home game that included a 22-6 opening-quarter burst by the Red Raiders.
Strawder scored 14 points and Robinson 12 for Kaiserslautern (3-0). The Red Raiders are scheduled to open their Division I campaign after the break, at home Jan. 8 against Ramstein.
Chris Feldman led winless Giessen with 11 points. The Griffins are off until they host another Division I foe, Wiesbaden, on Jan. 8.
Bobcats claim road sweep
Division III-North power London Central defeated Baumholder 61-49 on Friday and 56-30 on Saturday on the Bucs’ home court to even their overall record at 2-2.
Baumholder had no answer for David Marbury, who had 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals on Friday, and 15 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday. Anthony Thomas burned Baumholder (1-3) for 20 points on Friday.
London Central next hosts The American School in London on Wednesday before breaking for the holidays. The Bobcats then open their III-North season by hosting Alconbury on Jan. 21-22.
Baumholder resumes its season when it hosts Hohenfels in a III-South match-up Jan. 14-15.
Visiting Hanau defeated Black Forest Academy 51-43 on Friday and 53-30 on Saturday to open the Division II season 2-0.
Hanau was led in scoring both days by Jermy Marshall. He scored 18 points on Friday and 11 on Saturday. Returning All-Europe post player Marcus Fontanez backed Marshall with 12 points and 10 rebounds on Friday, and eight points and six rebounds on Saturday.
Hanau (2-1) breaks until a Jan. 8 game at Würzburg of Division I. BFA (2-2, 0-2) is idle until it visits Patch on Jan. 14-15.
Vilseck victimizes Hohenfels again
Visiting Vilseck pulled away from a 35-34 lead at the end of three quarters to a 51-44 victory, its second over the Tigers this season.
Derrick Jones led the way with 10 points and 15 rebounds for Vilseck (2-0), which outgunned Hohenfels 55-26 to open the season. Vilseck resumes its season Jan. 14 at Mannheim in a Division II contest, while the next game for Hohenfels (0-3) is at Mannheim on Jan. 7.
Bison grab Division II opener
Desmond Brown scored 26 points Friday to lead visiting Mannheim to a 72-60 victory over Patch in the Division II opener for both teams.
Reggie Jenkins scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Mannheim, which got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Earl Lee. Neal Griffin led Patch with 28 points and Stephen Fey came up with 16 rebounds for the Panthers, who defeated Ansbach 62-56 in a late game Saturday.