ANSBACH, Germany – Heidelberg’s boys wrapped up the Region III crown Friday and Saturday, downing the Ansbach Cougars 77-30 and 55-37 to improve to 12-2 overall and 10-2 in the Region – one game ahead of runner-up Patch.The Lady Lions, meanwhile, turned back Ansbach 37-27 and 33-26 to up their mark to 12-2, 11-1 and a first-place Region III tie with Patch. Heidelberg boys 77-55, Ansbach 30-37: Friday night, Heidelberg dominated from the opening tip. It led 19-5 after one period, 35-11 at the half, and 54-11 after three quarters.Chris Cuthbert (14 points), Eurgene Jones (12) and Jack Cannon (10) hit double-figures for the Lions, apparently still smarting for their previous outing, a 56-39 home loss to Patch on Feb. 12.Heidelberg, ticketed for this week’s European D-I tournament in Mannheim, rode the benefits of team play on Friday. Stirling Jones chalked up seven assists, Kevin Gray made six dishes and Xavier Moore five.Xavier Jones did all he could for Ansbach, posting team-highs of 11 points and four rebounds.Saturday, Heidelberg, which got a team-high 14 points from Marcel Simon, put the game away with a 14-0 second-quarter run.Eugene Jones continued Heidelberg’s assists-string, with four.Derrick Flake took game-scoring honors with 15, but Ansbach, which is headed for this week’s European D-II event in Mannheim, still fell to 3-10 overall.Heidelberg girls 37-33, Ansbach 27-27: Outside shooting by All-European Rebecca Luna, who sank four treys en route to her game-high 13 points, paced the Lady Lions on Friday; Star Jones’ double-double – 11 points and 12 rebounds – paved the way for Heidelberg on Saturday.The big outing by Jones, who grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds on Friday, helped the Lions overcome intense efforts from the precocious Ansbach duo of Lauren Finley and Jackie Bosco.Finley, a freshman, scored 12 points in each game and stole the ball five times on Friday and six on Saturday. Bosco, a sophomore, scored nine points and stole the ball six times on Friday; then came back on Saturday to chalk up 10 steals and six rebounds.Even so, Ansbach will have to be content taking a 6-7 record into this week’s European D-II tournament in Mannheim.

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