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Pigge already DODEA-Europe's most unstoppable hoops force

Baumholder's Chandler Pigge goes up for a lay-up during the Division III basketball championship game between Baumholder and Ansbach at Clay Kaserne Fitness Center, Germany, Feb. 23, 2019. Baumholder won the game 70-65.

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By GREGORY BROOME | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 28, 2019

Chandler Pigge’s game rests at the intersection of tantalizing potential and proven performance, and of individual dominance and collective success.

All of that was on display in Pigge’s stunning 32-point performance in the 2018-19 DODEA-Europe Division III championship game, when the sophomore wrenched the momentum from a rolling Ansbach squad and pointed the way to a 70-65 win and a second straight Bucs title.

But that title-game tour de force was only the most public exhibition of Pigge’s excellence. Pigge, the 2018-19 DODEA-Europe boys basketball Athlete of the Year, averaged 27 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, over four steals and nearly three blocks per game this season, a stat line befitting his comprehensive impact on the game. He was dominant even against DODEA-Europe’s best competition; Andrew O’Connor, coach of Division I champion Ramstein, said Pigge was “unstoppable” in hanging 33 points on the Royals in a January matchup.

“Chandler is a relentless player,” said Dewayne Pigge, Baumholder’s head coach and Chandler’s father. “This young and amazing player is a strong force on the court and will stop at nothing to win for his teammates.”

Finalists: Naser Eaves, Ramstein; Jacob Fortune, Black Forest; Gabe Fraley, Ramstein; Tyrese Harris, Wiesbaden; Ervin Johnson, Kaiserslautern.

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