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Baumholder's C.J. Roberts drives against Rota's Zach Hudson in opening-day action for Division III at the 2006 DODDS European basketball finals. Baumholder beat the defending champions, 54-33.

Baumholder's C.J. Roberts drives against Rota's Zach Hudson in opening-day action for Division III at the 2006 DODDS European basketball finals. Baumholder beat the defending champions, 54-33. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Baumholder's C.J. Roberts drives against Rota's Zach Hudson in opening-day action for Division III at the 2006 DODDS European basketball finals. Baumholder beat the defending champions, 54-33.

Baumholder's C.J. Roberts drives against Rota's Zach Hudson in opening-day action for Division III at the 2006 DODDS European basketball finals. Baumholder beat the defending champions, 54-33. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Ansbach's Dominique Whaley drives to the basket against Sigonella's Bernard Washington. Seventh-seeded Ansbach upset top-seeded Sigonella 52-50.

Ansbach's Dominique Whaley drives to the basket against Sigonella's Bernard Washington. Seventh-seeded Ansbach upset top-seeded Sigonella 52-50. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

HEIDELBERG, Germany — Two legitimate Division II contenders opened the second day of the DODDS-Europe boys basketball tournaments Thursday by getting exactly what they wanted.

For Bitburg, seeded sixth out of the 10 D-2 teams playing here despite a 12-2 regular-season record, Thursday’s objective was earning respect.

For top-seeded Aviano, Thursday’s objective was remaining unbeaten.

“It felt like we’ve been disrespected all season,” said Bitburg’s Perry Hardy after he and his Baron teammates waltzed to their third double-digit victory in as many games, 67-47, over Vilseck. “We didn’t even get an article in the paper.”

Charles Whatley made sure the Barons would make the paper this time, scoring 22 points and handing out 10 assists in a contest that Vilseck led for the last time with three minutes to play in the opening period

Alex Hodges added 17 points, and Hardy and Josh Collett scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds each for Bitburg, which was to take on two-time defending champ Hanau in one of Thursday’s late pool-play games. Win or lose, Bitburg ensured itself of a spot in Friday afternoon’s D-2 semifinals.

Aviano will be there, too, after a 56-43 victory over Black Forest Academy.

Aviano’s Junior Velez led all scorers with 17 points, and Edmund Johnson added 10.

Aviano won all 13 of its regular-season games by double-digit margins, but BFA threatened to end that with a 19-10 run over the first 9:54 of the second half.

In the other tournaments at Heidelberg and in Mannheim:

Division I: Defending champion Würzburg won its pool and nailed down the final spot in Thursday night’s D-1 semifinals with a 58-35 victory over International School of Brussels.

Würzburg was to take on Ramstein, while top-seeded Wiesbaden, which beat Heidelberg to eliminate the Lions by point differential, was to play Kaiserslautern in Thursday’s D-1 final four. The winners will play for the crown at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Division III: Seventh-seeded Ansbach pulled off an early pool-play stunner by beating top-seeded Sigonella 52-50.

In other games, Baumholder whacked No. 9 American Overseas School of Rome 54-29, then defeated defending champion Rota 54-33 and second-seeded London Central escaped No. 8 Vicenza 53-51.

Division IV: Giessen claimed a 56-20 victory over out-manned Brussels. The Brigands were seeded fourth before disciplinary problems forced coach Chris Vahrenhorst to dismiss five players — four of them starters — from the squad before the tournament began. Brussels could field only five players in its four tourney games.

Numbers, however, seemed not to bother the surviving Brigands. They stood their ground and took charges as though the tournament were on the line during their loss to Giessen. Giessen moved into Friday’s 9 a.m. semifinals. The D-4 title game is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Scores and schedulesMANNHEIM, Germany — Results from the DODDS-Europe basketball championships. Final games in Divisions I and IV are scheduled for Friday, and in Divisions II and III are scheduled for Saturday. Tickets for Friday’s and Saturday’s games at all venues are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Pool-play games are four seven-minute periods:

Division I

Wednesday’s late pool-play results

Wiesbaden 58, Heidelberg 44

Thursday’s pool-play results

Kaiserslautern 55, Lakenheath 33

Würzburg 58, Int’l School of Brussels 35

Thursday’s semifinals

Wiesbaden vs. Kaiserslautern, late

Würzburg vs. Ramstein, late

Friday’s games

Third place

at Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim

Semifinal losers, 4:15 p.m.

Championship

at BFV Sports Arena, Mannheim

Semifinal winners, 7:45 p.m.

Division II

Wednesday’s late pool-play results

Bitburg 67, Naples 39

Aviano 51, Patch 35

Hanau 68, Mannheim 30

Thursday’s pool-play results

Bitburg 67, Vilseck 47

Aviano 56, Black Forest Academy 43

Hanau 60, Naples 37

SHAPE 43, Patch 31

BFA 54, AFNORTH 44

Mannheim 77, Naples 56

Aviano vs. SHAPE, late

Hanau vs. Bitburg, late

Mannheim vs. Vilseck, late

Patch vs. AFNORTH, late

Friday’s games

Semifinals

1 p.m. at BFV Sports Arena, Mannheim

1:30 p.m. at Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim

Third place

at Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim

Semifinal losers, 6:45 p.m.

Division III

Thursday’s pool-play results

Baumholder 54, American Overseas School of Rome 29

London Central 53, Vicenza 51

Ansbach 52, Sigonella 50

Baumholder 54, Rota 53

London Central 79, Bamberg 74 (3OT)

Sigonella vs. Hohenfels, late

Rota vs. AOSR, late

Bamberg vs. Vicenza, late

Hohenfels vs. Ansbach, late

Friday’s games

Quarterfinals

Noon and 1:30 p.m. at Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, and Heidelberg High School

Semifinals

at Coleman barracks, Mannheim

6 and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Third place at Sullivan Barracks

Semifinal losers, 10:15 a.m.

Championship at BFV Sports Arena, Mannheim

Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

Division IV

Wednesday’s late pool-play results

Incirlik 40, Brussels 19

Giessen 54, Lajes 14

Thursday’s pool-play results

Giessen 56, Brussels 20

Giessen 73, Incirlik 47

Livorno 42, Brussels 38

Alconbury 53, Iceland 35

Iceland 48, Menwith Hill 35

Ankara 42, Milan 20

Lajes 37, Incirlik 28

Menwith Hill 36, Milan 14

Alconbury 48, Ankara 27

Livorno vs. Lajes, late

Friday’s games

Semifinals

9 a.m. at BFV Sports Arena and Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim

Third place

at Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim

Semifinal losers, 2:30 p.m.

Championship

at BFV Sports Arena, Mannheim

Semifinal winners, 4:15 p.m.


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