Boys basketball roundup
Ramstein, Ansbach remain unbeaten
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 2, 2019
Divisional DODEA-Europe boys basketball frontrunners Ramstein and Ansbach maintained their undefeated status over the weekend, earning doubleheader sweeps against some of their toughest fellow contenders.
Ramstein 76/68, Vilseck 50/65: At Ramstein, the Royals survived the closest scare of an unbeaten season.
Vilseck pushed back from a nine-point halftime deficit Saturday, eventually falling by a single-possession deficit. Vilseck’s Xxavier Bynes and Ramstein’s Naser Eaves headlined the shootout, tying for game-high honors with 19 points apiece, while Jason Jones recorded a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double.
The Royals cruised to a 26-point win Friday night behind a 22-point effort from Eaves.
Ramstein puts its record on the line again Tuesday against local rival Kaiserslautern in a rematch of last year’s dramatic European title game.
Ansbach 82/79, Hohenfels 66/56: The unbeaten Division III favorites added another achievement to their season with a home-and-home sweep of their Bavarian rivals.
The dynamic duo of Ogden Andrew and Kevin Kamara was unstoppable throughout the weekend, combining for an overwhelming 120 points over the two games.
Andrew scored 28 and Kamara 27 in Friday’s wire-to-wire blowout, while Kamara scored 38 and Andrew added 27 as the Cougars shook off a first-quarter deficit Saturday.
Caleb Love scored 17 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Hohenfels.
Stuttgart 52/45, Wiesbaden 45/47: At Stuttgart, the Panthers leapt above .500 on the season with an impressive sweep of the Warriors.
Wade Cooper scored 20 points on Friday as Stuttgart pulled away with a strong fourth-quarter run. Ahmir Johnson scored 12 on Saturday as the Panthers took an early lead and saw it through to a sweep.
Markez Middlebrooks paced the visiting Warriors with 20 points on Friday and 15 a day later.
The victories restored Stuttgart’s winning record after a sweep against Ramstein last weekend. The Panthers will tangle with Kaiserslautern, who handled Wiesbaden 59-49 on Tuesday, this weekend.
Aviano 44, Naples 40: Saturday at Aviano, the Division II Saints secured a sweep over their Division I visitors, adding the four-point win to a 51-44 victory Friday night.
DJ Vaughns led a balanced Aviano attack with 10 points while adding four assists and four steals.
Tye Thompson scored a game-high 21 points for the Wildcats.
Vicenza 50/55, Florence 22/11: At Florence, the Cougars had no trouble with their overmatched opponents.
Devaughn Eppenson had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort to fuel one of the Cougars’ wins, while Bryant Horton produced a 13-point, 17-rebound double-double to lead the other.