Falcons move into second by sweeping Warriors
The 2019-20 DODEA-Europe boys basketball standings got a lot more interesting over the weekend.
Black Forest’s narrow sweep of Wiesbaden and Vilseck’s split with Stuttgart, coupled with Kaiserslautern’s defeat of defending champion Ramstein on Friday night, further tightened the large-school bracket with under two weeks to go before the European tournament.
Black Forest 65/57, Wiesbaden 63/56: At Kandern, Germany, the Falcons picked up two quality wins over a premier Division I opponent.
BFA, a former Division II dynasty, is faring very well in its first year at the large-school level. The Falcons figure to earn a high seed in the Feb. 19-22 European tournament, pending their performance against Vilseck next weekend.
Jacob Fortune scored 22 points Friday and 24 on Saturday, both game highs, to lead the Falcons to the sweep. Isaac Smith totaled 27 points for the Warriors.
Vilseck 58/28, Stuttgart 56/54: At Vilseck, the Falcons and Panthers played to a split.
VIlseck built a five-point lead through one quarter and held on for a two-point win in Friday’s opener. Josh Valembrun scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning bucket.
Stuttgart stormed back Saturday with an overwhelming blowout win. Sam Schudel scored a game-high 10 points to lead the Panthers.
Rota 54/50, Bahrain 50/44: At Rota, the host Admirals earned two wins against their Division II rival.
Owen Bond and Alex Bozwell scored 13 points apiece in Friday’s win. Bond went off for a game-high 18 points in Saturday’s sweep-clinching win.
David Ogundale scored 24 points Friday and 17 on Saturday to lead Bahrain.
Division II entry Vicenza, meanwhile, handled Division III Sigonella 40-28 and 51-31 over the weekend.
Ansbach 56/40, AFNORTH 28/6: At Ansbach, the Cougars throttled the visiting Lions.
Alex Adams had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds on Friday while adding five assists and six steals to his stat line. Adams and Shane Nesbitt each scored eight in Saturday’s rout.