Baumholder, Wiesbaden remain perfect
Undefeated powerhouses Baumholder and Wiesbaden remain undefeated as the 2017-18 DODEA-Europe boys basketball season enters its stretch run. Both schools picked up key divisional victories on Friday and Saturday to extend season-long streaks.
Baumholder 60/40, Brussels 44/38: At Brussels, the visiting Bucs took both halves of a Division III doubleheader.
Chandler Pigge poured in a game-high 23 points Friday as Baumholder took a 16-point decision to open the weekend.
Saturday’s rematch proved far tougher as Brussels put three players in double digits and stayed close until the end. A game-high 18-point effort by Nate Horton paced the Bucs to the win.
The wins keep Baumholder undefeated, both overall and in the division, entering its home set against Ansbach next weekend.
Wiesbaden 65/58, Lakenheath 38/39: The host Warriors had no trouble with their latest Division I rival.
Wiesbaden put away a persistent Lancer squad after halftime Friday night, finishing the game on a 40-15 run powered by four three-pointers from Jaylen McFadden. Donte Hurt helped the cause with a game-high 20-point effort.
Lakenheath again kept it close through two quarters Saturday, and in fact held a one-point lead, but was again dispatched by a dominant second-half onslaught as the Warriors outscored the Lancers by 20 points after the intermission. Joshua Osakwe posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the charge.
Wiesbaden’s next challenge comes next weekend at Stuttgart.
AFNORTH 58, AOSR 43: Saturday at Aviano, the Lions earned their first victory of the season.
Isaiah Darrisaw scored a game-high 21 points to pace AFNORTH, which entered the game 0-6 after Friday’s loss to Aviano on the first of the two-day Division II hoops gathering.
The Lions outscored the Falcons 20-8 in the second quarter to build an advantage, then closed the game on a 16-9 run.
Rota 50, Aviano 29: Saturday at Aviano, the Admirals claimed an emphatic victory in a battle of Division II title hopefuls.
Lavonta Chester scored 24 points to lead Rota offensively, while the Admiral defense held the Saints to a two-point second quarter.
Rota, after losing twice the previous weekend to divisional archrival Black Forest Academy, was the breakout team of the weekend in Aviano. The Admirals routed AOSR 54-28 on Friday.
Vicenza 40/51, Naples 39/63: At Naples, both participants in Italy’s D-I rivalry enjoyed a victory.
The visiting Cougars struck first, capping a second-half rally with a one-point Friday victory. Kaire Grant scored 15 and Abrein Brown added 14 to pace a balanced Vicenza offense.
Naples struck back on Saturday. Mark Calumpang led all scorers with 22 and Tye Thompson produced a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the Wildcats to the double-digit victory.
Each team earned its first Division I victory of the season over the course of the weekend.
Kaiserslautern 65/57, Black Forest Academy 57/41: At Kandern, Germany, the visiting Raiders took a pair from the defending Division II champions.
Tre Dotson scored 14 and 19 points, respectively, in the Friday and Saturday games, including five three-pointers in Saturday’s tilt. Ervin Johnson produced 18 total points on the weekend.
Jacob Fortune reached double figures in points on both occasions with respective 10- and 12-point efforts for the Falcons.
Ramstein 61/58, SHAPE 25/19: At Ramstein, the Royals trounced the visiting Spartans on Friday and Saturday.
Sincere Dudley was a model of consistency on the weekend, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds Friday and seven points and 13 rebounds Saturday.
The defending Division I champion Royals have won six straight games after opening the season with two early December losses.
Marymount 58/22, Sigonella 57/53: At Rome, two Italian rivals played two very different games.
Friday’s affair took three overtimes to settle in favor of the host Royals.
The Jaguars responded the next day by routing the home team by 31 points.
Both teams continue their Italian schedules next weekend. Sigonella hosts AOSR, while Marymount welcomes Florence.