MANNHEIM, Germany – Bamberg’s boys stayed unbeaten, and Mannheim’s girls snapped a two-game losing streak in non-regional games matching Division II schools Saturday night at the Benjamin Franklin Village Sports Arena, site of next month’s European Division I, II and III basketball tournaments.Bamberg’s boys tuned up for this weekend’s showdown for the Region III lead at unbeaten Heidelberg by downing their hosts, 55-33; Mannheim’s girls handed the winless defending European Division II champion Lady Barons their fifth loss of the season, 28-13.Bamberg’s Tyler Lewis and Mannheim’s Aaron Garrison tied for game-scoring honors with 12 points each, in the boys’ game, which Bamberg (5-0 overall) put away by outscoring their hosts, 34-19, in the second half.“Bamberg executed their offense better and just had a lot more energy after halftime,” Mannheim coach David Brown explained in a Saturday-night E-mail. “We had tired legs and weren't able to keep up with their guards. Lewis (who also dished out eight assists) in particular was just too fast for any of our defenders today.”Mannheim’s Daniel Luckey topped all rebounders with 11. Bamberg’s Quadell Webb scored 10 points, and Javonte Knuckles led the Barons with eight rebounds. Terry Williams added seven rebounds and Dillon Luedtke five to the Barons’ total.It was the second straight double-digit victory by Bamberg. The Barons were coming off a 60-37 Region III victory over visiting Ansbach on Friday. Bamberg rode 23 points and eight rebounds by Webb to the triumph, which raised their regional mark to 4-0.Mannheim was coming off Region II losses to Kaiserslautern of Division I on Tuesday and Friday, but Brown chose to see the bright side of the three-game slide.“This week was a great lesson for our boys,” he concluded. “Three games in four days give us an idea of what it takes physically and emotionally to play in the tournament. Our record (2-6) may not show it now, but we're going to be pretty tough in February.”After enduring a one-point first quarter, Mannheim’s girls outscored the defending champs, 27-9, the rest of the way to coast to a 5-4 overall record.Infinity Baisden (eight points), Gretchen Crockett (seven points) and Grace Gonzalez (seven points) took care of the scoring for the Lady Bison; Gonzalez (seven steals) and Kadedra Lea (five steals and five blocks) spearheaded the defense.Natasha Godbee led Bamberg (0-5) with five points.Bamberg was coming off a 29-26 Friday-night Region III loss to visiting Ansbach in a game in which an 8-5 fourth-quarter rally fell just short. Keaton Poppe scored 14 points in the losing cause; Godbee added six.Bamberg is to play next at Heidelberg on Friday and Saturday. Mannheim’s girls are to host Ramstein on Tuesday and play at Ramstein on Friday in Region II play. The Bison boys next play Feb. 1 against visiting Ramstein.

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