Lions and Cougars claw out high-scoring split
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 3, 2018
AFNORTH and Ansbach, two boys basketball teams stuck deep in the pack of their respective divisions, aren’t the most likely candidates to wage a high-scoring hoops shootout. But that’s exactly what they did this weekend.
Ansbach star Kevin Kamara and the AFNORTH duo of Luke Priestman and David Mitchell headlined a prolific doubleheader split with dynamic offensive performances, giving each team a shot of adrenaline entering the season’s final two weeks.
Priestman scored 25 and Mitchell added 21 as Division II AFNORTH knocked off Division III host Ansbach 67-51 on Friday.
Kevin Kamara, a day after scoring 38 in defeat, poured in 42 points in a 75-71 Ansbach win Saturday, overcoming Mitchell’s 24 and Priestman’s 21 to earn the split.
Kamara notched double-doubles to round out his two epic scoring efforts, grabbing 11 rebounds in each contest.
Both teams garnered considerable support beyond their top scorers, as well. Isaiah Darrisaw cracked double figures in each game as part of a 21-point weekend for AFNORTH, while Ansbach’s Giancarlo Solito knocked down five three-pointers in an 18-point effort Saturday.
Stuttgart 68/56, Hohenfels 37/49: At Stuttgart, the Division I Panthers subdued the frisky Division III Tigers.
Mondwell Buckle scored 43 points on the weekend, including a game-high 25 on Friday, to pace Stuttgart. Teammate Ahman Johnson was close on his heels with 41 total points, featuring a game-high 23 on Saturday.
Wade Cooper led the Tiger resistance with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
The Panthers will take a three-game overall winning streak into a large-school showdown with Kaiserslautern next weekend.
Baumholder 58, Alconbury 30: Saturday at Alconbury, the Bucs completed a sweep of the host Dragons.
Chandler Pigge scored a game-high 22 points and tied Alconbury’s Monroe Potter for game-high honors with nine rebounds. Nate Horton chipped in eight points and seven rebounds for the Bucs.
Baumholder remains undefeated, both in Division III play and overall, ahead of a visit to AFNORTH next weekend. That mark includes Friday’s 67-46 defeat of the Dragons.
Naples 58/50, Sigonella 54/59: At Sigonella, Italy’s two southernmost schools swapped victories.
Alex Ogletree had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Isaac Griswold totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds in double-double efforts to lead Saturday’s Sigonella win.
Wiesbaden 83/64, VIlseck 65/42: At Vilseck, the first-place Warriors got back on a winning track with a pair of sizeable victories.
Wiesbaden entered the game nursing its first loss of the season, a 46-30 setback to Stuttgart. The team responded with a fierce Friday start, outscoring the Falcons by 15 over the weekend’s first two quarters, and slammed the door with a 42-21 second-half run Saturday for a comeback win and the sweep.
Isaiah Devane totaled 27 points over the two games. The deep Warriors placed at least three players in double digits in each game.
Terron Sizemore scored a combined 37 points on the weekend for Vilseck.