KMC teams bounce back with a pair of victories
The Ramstein Royals and Kaiserslautern Raiders earned Division I sweeps Friday and Saturday, a welcome boost in the standings a week after each played to a doubleheader split.
Ramstein 71/37, Vilseck 56/34: At Vilseck, the reigning Division I champs started anew after their winning streak of two-plus seasons was snapped a week prior.
The Royals pulled away in Friday’s opener with a 23-12 run out of the halftime locker room. A 14-6 third-quarter push on Saturday put the Royals in position for the sweep Saturday.
Luis Figeroua scored 33 combined points, including 20 on Friday, to lead Ramstein. Josh Valembrun scored 34 points on the weekend for the Falcons.
Ramstein, the five-time defending large-school European champion, took a 44-35 loss to Stuttgart on Jan. 11, its first regular-season or postseason loss since December of 2017.
Kaiserslautern 55/70, Stuttgart 54/61: At Stuttgart, the Raiders handed the Panthers another narrow loss to start a weekend sweep.
Darius Camp scored 20 and Tre Dotson added 19 in Kaiserslautern’s one-point win on Friday, the latest in a winter full of heartbreaks for the Panthers. Stuttgart hit a high point last weekend in its defeat of Ramstein, but otherwise has had a frustrating one-win season that includes a pair of close defeats to Black Forest Academy in December.
Baumholder 65, Alconbury 55: Friday at Baumholder, the defending Division III champion outlasted a tough divisional rival.
Laurence Huxtable scored a game-high 24 points to take the offensive lead for Baumholder, while usual top scorer Chandler Pigge chipped in 13.
Ethen Parker led the Dragons with 23 points.
The Bucs followed the win with a 59-19 rout of Brussels on Saturday. Brussels’ weekend was salvaged by a 51-47 defeat of AFNORTH on Friday, a win paced by 27 points by Jalen Pollard.
Baumholder hosts Division I powers Ramstein and Kaiserslautern next weekend in an anticipated showcase for Pigge, the reigning Stars and Stripes boys basketball Athlete of the Year, against DODEA-Europe’s top-flight competition.
Spangdahlem 49/49, Sigonella 37/37: At Sigonella, the Sentinels made good on a long trip to Sicily with a pair of matching 12-point wins.
Eddie DeJesus totaled 25 points and Elijah Simpson notched 21 on the weekend to lead Spangdahlem. Sigonella’s Sean Solano scored 15 of his 26 points over the two games in Saturday’s tip.
Spangdahlem outscored the home team 12-1 in Saturday’s opening quarter in a hard push for the sweep.
Rota 54/41, Naples 44/42: At Naples, the host Wildcats and visiting Admirals each enjoyed a taste of victory.
Rota won Friday’s opener behind a game-high 20-point scoring effort from Jaden Butler. The Admirals built a 15-point lead at halftime to set the pace.
Naples responded Saturday with a one-point win to secure the split. Keshawn Holland led three double-digit Naples scorers with 12, helping to offset 20 more points from Butler.
Elsewhere in Italy, Vicenza knocked around visiting Marymount in 49-20 and 56-25 decisions.