SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Alex Johnson ripped the Bitburg defense for 23 points Saturday to help the visiting Baumholder Bucs to a wire-to-wire 60-48 Region II victory over the Bitburg Barons.The victory, never in doubt after Baumholder (3-6 overall and 1-4 in Region II) burst out to a 29-10 lead at halftime, allowed the visitors to split their weekend home-and-home series with the Barons. Bitburg prevailed, 59-39, Friday in Baumholder behind 13 points each from Matt Flood and C.J. Evans.Saturday, however, fouls removed Flood from the equation, according to Baumholder coach Jack Woodfork.“Tough man Matt Flood was saddled with early foul trouble and was not able to help the Barons stop the Buccaneers in the first half…,” Woodfork wrote in a Sunday E-mail. “…Tahrell Harris, who was plagued by fouls the night before, was able to compete on Saturday, hitting just 13 points but grabbing nine big rebounds.”Harris’ production proved vital for the Bucs, who were battling injuries going in.“Five of Baumholder’s eight-man rotation were injured,” Woodfork reported. “One, defensive specialist Dimio Harris, didn’t even dress. The other four were bandaged like pirates but played four quarters. Even shooting guard and captain Alex Johnson was able to maintain his hot shooting average (20-plus points) with tape around his firing thumb.”Antwan Denson scored 10 points for Baumholder on Saturday; Evans led Bitburg (3-5, 1-4) with 15.Bitburg is next scheduled to host Ramstein on Friday, the same night Baumholder is scheduled to invade Kaiserslautern.

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