Big-school powers off to perfect starts
Defending champion Ramstein and Division I rivals Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden got off to strong starts over the weekend as the 2019-20 DODEA-Europe boys basketball season got underway with busy Friday and Saturday schedules.
Wiesbaden 80, Baumholder 70: Friday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors outlasted the reigning Division III champions.
Dom Bivins starred for Wiesbaden, pouring in 26 points, notching a double-double with 12 rebounds and adding three blocked shots and three steals. Darnell Moran Jr. and Nehemiah Grandberry joined Bivins in double digits with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
That was enough to outweigh a brilliant individual effort by reigning Stars and Stripes boys basketball Athlete of the Year Chandler Pigge’, who totaled a game-high 34 points along with seven rebounds, seven assists, six steals and three blocked shots. Laurence Huxtable posted a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double in support.
Ramstein cruises: The Division I champ Royals opened their pursuit of another title with two runaway wins, handling Lakenheath 58-19 on Friday and routing SHAPE 57-18 on Saturday.
Jason Jones Jr. reached double digits in both games with 12 points Friday and 14 more on Saturday. Benjamin Todman produced the highest individual output of the two games with 16 points against SHAPE.
Kaiserslautern, which blew out SHAPE 56-32 on Friday, completed a 2-0 opening weekend with a 53-40 decision over Lakenheath on Saturday. Raider star Tre Dotson scored 32 points in a duel with Lakenheath’s Amare Francois, who scored 25 in defeat.
Black Forest 69/55, Stuttgart 65/53: At Kandern, Germany, the Falcons made an impressive debut in Division I.
BFA swept the Panthers by a combined six points, including an overtime result on Friday. Gabriel Kruse poured in 38 points in Friday’s win; Kruse scored 15, Joe Hill added 14 and Jacob Fortune chipped in 13 in a more balanced attack Saturday.
Hohenfels 73/66, Brussels 48/52: At Brussels, the visiting Tigers took an early upper hand in the Division III standings.
Hohenfels Deshawn Herold-Adams and Brussels’ Jalen Pollard waged a head-to-head battle within the games. Herold-Adams scored 27 points in each, while Pollard chased a 25-point Friday effort with a 31-point outing Saturday.
Aviano 61/47, Sigonella 47/34: At Sigonella, the visiting Saints earned a pair of double-digit victories.
Sean Solano led the host Jaguars with 26 combined points over the two games.
Both teams open their divisional schedules next weekend. Aviano hosts Division II rival Vicenza, while Sigonella plays host to Division III Brussels.
American Overseas School of Rome 59, Vicenza 48: At Vicenza, the Falcons swept the host Cougars after the Saturday victory.
Ahmed Assad led a balanced attack, scoring 13 while teammates Cyrus Watkins and Niv Eshel added 11 apiece.
Trent Salyer starred for Vicenza with a game-high 20-points on Saturday.
Naples 54/52, Marymount 22/26: At Naples, the Wildcats made decisive work of their overmatched visitors.
Tyrell Holland recorded back-to-back double-doubles to lead Naples, producing 14 points and 10 rebounds on Friday and 13 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday. Mark Simmons made a total of nine steals across the two games to highlight the Wildcat defense.