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The Kaiserslautern Raiders earned the first two Division I wins of their boys basketball season this weekend, completing a Friday-Saturday sweep of the visiting Vilseck Falcons by scores of 54-49 and 60-34.

The Raiders jumped in front early in both games, building a 32-19 halftime lead on Friday and a 31-12 halftime lead Saturday. Vilseck made a run at a comeback win Friday, outscoring the home team 12-7 in the fourth quarter; Kaiserslautern prevented a repeat of that close call Saturday by holding the Falcons to six third-quarter points.

Ja'Markus Myles cracked double digits in both games, scoring 10 on Friday and 11 on Saturday.

Myles' efforts were part of a balanced Raider attack. Jayden Jones scored nine and Santo Starkey and Robert Brown added eight apiece in Friday's win. Terrell Robbins scored a game-high 12, Shemar Barksdale added 11 and Marlon Robbins had nine in Saturday's sweep-clinching rout.

Kenya Pinckney posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double for Vilseck on Friday.

The pair of wins evens Kaiserslautern's divisional record at 2-2. The Raiders started their large-school slate with a pre-holiday loss to Ramstein and a Tuesday setback against Wiesbaden. The Raiders can move above .500 in Division I next weekend at Stuttgart.

Ramstein 52/55, Stuttgart 42/16: At Stuttgart, the defending champion Royals handed the rival Panthers a pair of double-digit defeats. The home team gained separation from Stuttgart in the third quarter of each game, outscoring the Panthers 12-6 on Friday and 23-4 in Saturday's romp.

The decisive wins improve Ramstein to 5-0 on the year, with all of those wins coming against Division I opposition. The Royals can continue that trend against visiting SHAPE next weekend.

Stuttgart was in action for just the second weekend this year, having split with Hohenfels prior to the holiday break.

Naples 56/66, American Overseas School of Rome 17/27: At Naples, the Wildcats continued their undefeated start to the season with a pair of blowout wins.

Terrell Staten and Karrington Evans enjoyed alternating star turns in the sweep. Staten took Friday's lead, outscoring the Falcons himself with 21 points. Evans took center stage Saturday with a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double.

The pair were also consistent: Staten scored 11 on Saturday and Evans poured in 15 on Friday.

Fast starts in both games made the outcomes academic early. The Wildcats welcomed their visitors by holding them scoreless in Friday's first quarter; they scored 21 first-quarter points Saturday to reiterate the message.

SHAPE 33/45, Lakenheath 27/36: At Mons, Belgium, the host Spartans got the better of a regional and divisional clash with the Lancers.

The backcourt of Austin Stephens and Cameron Little continued their season-long strong play to power the sweep, combining for respective two-day totals of 20 and 18 points. Stephens made eight steals Friday while Little chipped in six assists and five steals Saturday.

Michael Majors stepped up with a team-high 12 points Saturday. Myles Erkins of Lakenheath posted game-high point totals in each game, scoring 14 on Friday and 13 on Saturday.

SHAPE sticks with Naples and Ramstein as the only remaining unbeaten teams in Division I. The losses, meanwhile, drop Lakenheath to 2-2 entering a busy stretch run.

Brussels 27/45, Alconbury 21/50: At Brussels, a potential Division III championship preview offered postseason-level intensity.

The host Brigands got the better of Friday's opener, overcoming a 10-2 deficit through one quarter to pull ahead for the win. Michael DeFazio collected 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the victory.

The Dragons evened the score Saturday with an overtime win. Anthony Stewart had 14 points and six rebounds to pace the Dragons, who held the Brigands to just two points in the overtime session.

The Brigands and Dragons rank alongside Sigonella as Division III title favorites.

Black Forest Academy 47/ 47, Ansbach 33/35: At Ansbach, the visiting Falcons recorded two wins by near-identical scores.

The brothers Greathouse again carried the day for BFA. Jonah Greathouse combined for 37 points on the weekend, while Noah Greathouse totaled 24 over the two games. Jason Kragt grabbed 10 rebounds Friday and Kaden Proctor nabbed 11 on Saturday to lead the visitors on the boards.

BFA has won four games straight, but all of those wins have come against Division III competition. The Falcons play a fellow Division II squad next weekend as Bitburg pays a visit.

Aviano 51, Sigonella 34: Saturday at Aviano, the Division II Saints completed a weekend sweep of the Division III Jaguars.

Brandon Vigil scored 21 points and Jailen Tindal chipped in 12 to lead Aviano, which boosted its record to 3-3 on the season with the pair of wins. The Saints handled the Jaguars 54-45 on Friday night.

Jason Berlin scored 15 points for Sigonella.

Marymount 59/55, Vicenza 45/53: At Rome, freshman phenom Dominic Laffitte added more clips to his fast-growing highlight reel.

Laffitte poured in 36 points on Friday as the Royals earned a double-digit win. When things got tougher Saturday, Laffitte delivered again, scoring a game-high 35 points and knocking down two free throws with six seconds remaining to earn Marymount a two-point win.

Laffitte also dominated on the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds Friday and 16 more Saturday.

Marymount improves to 4-0 on the season while handing the Cougars their fifth straight setback.


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