It takes 3 OT, but Bavarian team gets first win
KANDERN, Germany -- After weeks of inching in the direction of a win column, Schweinfurt/Bamberg finally got there on Saturday.
The Razorbacks earned the first victory of their last DODDS-Europe season in epic fashion, edging host Black Forest Academy 53-51 in the third overtime period.
The win marked a long-awaited breakthrough for Schweinfurt/Bamberg, a makeshift squad composed of players from the two tiny and soon-to-close schools.
The Razorback season started with seven double-digit losses before the team finally played a close game, a 37-32 overtime loss to Ansbach on Jan. 28. They lost their next two games by a combined nine points before Saturday's redemptive win.
DJ Bascombe scored 16 points to lead Schweinfurt/Bamberg, while frontcourt workhorse Leon Roy added 12 and Luke Sekvtera posted an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Black Forest had opened the weekend series with a 33-32 win Friday night.
The teams held each other to two single-digit quarters in the defensive struggle. Schweinfurt/Bamberg's Roy scored 12 and BFA's Jordan Stemple 11 to edge into double figures.
The Razorbacks will look to double their win total Friday at Ansbach.
Wiesbaden 75, Baumholder 31: Friday at Baumholder, the Warriors blasted the Bucs.
Andrew Murray scored a game-high 15 points to pace unbeaten Wiesbaden. The Warriors can finish off a 12-0 campaign with a win at Kaiserslautern on Friday.
Kaiserslautern 75, Bitburg 44: Friday at Bitburg, the Raiders had no trouble with their smaller regional foe.
Kaiserslautern used a 29-6 third-quarter outburst to erase any lingering doubt.
Emilio Moreno led all scorers with 16 for the Raiders, while Ian Alexander scored 15 for Bitburg.
AFNORTH 48, Bitburg 36: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, Daniel Cordova scored a game-high 18 points as the Lions handled the Barons.
AFNORTH outscored the visitors 17-6 in the third quarter to pull away. Alexander led the Barons with nine points.
AFNORTH wraps up its regular season next Saturday against SHAPE; Bitburg needs a win Friday or Saturday against Black Forest Academy to dodge a winless season.
Sigonella 50/42, Florence 20/26: At Sigonella, the host Jaguars took both halves of a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.
Gunnar Smith scored 13 on Friday and Jason Berlin scored 14 on Saturday to lead the Sigonella scoring effort.
The games represented the end of the regular season for both schools.
Vilseck 68, Hohenfels 38: Saturday at Vilseck, the Division I Falcons routed the Division II Tigers.
An 18-4 fourth-quarter run finished the job for Vilseck.
Hohenfels' Isaac Lopez scored 20 points to lead all scorers. David Harris scored 16 for Vilseck.
The Falcons take one last shot at an elusive Division I victory next weekend against defending European champion Patch.
Naples 72/61, American Overseas School of Rome 59/55: At Naples, the Wildcats took Friday and Saturday games from a persisent Falcons squad.
AOSR's Onry Erez and Naples' Jayontray Grogan staged a high-powered scoring duel, with Erez winning the raw points battle and Grogan settling for the two victories. Erez scored 29 and 35 points while Grogan put up 27 and 23, respectively.
Grogan added eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists to his line Saturday.
SHAPE 45/41, Lakenheath 42/37: At Mons, Belgium, the Division II Spartans twice stunned the Division I Lancers.
The duo of Mitja Zupanc and Armond Griebe led the charge for SHAPE, which improves to 8-0 on the season with the wins. Griebe produced 29 points on the weekend, while Zupanc added a combined 25.
AJ Ransom scored 13 points in each game to lead the Lancer efforts.
Vicenza 83/73, Aviano 62/40: At Aviano, the cruising Cougars swept the rival Saints on Friday and Saturday.
LaScott Richardson scored 19 on Friday and Derrick Schaefer posted 13 on Saturday to lead Vicenza, which ends its regular season undefeated in DODDS-Europe games.
Alex Slabaugh was prolific in defeat, scoring 29 points Friday and 13 on Saturday for the Saints.
Patch 57/61, Ansbach 16/21: At Stuttgart, the defending Division I champions blasted the Division II Cougars on consecutive days.
Brendan Jones led the Panthers in scoring on both days with 16 points Friday and 17 on Saturday. John Robinson joined him in double figures on both occasions with respective 10- and 14-point efforts.
Patch hasn't lost a game since Dec. 13, a season-opening setback to Kaiserslautern.