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Ramstein boys, Stuttgart girls showing they won't give up titles easily

Ramstein's Jerod Little goes in for a shot past Wiesbaden's Roberto Eiseman, left, and Dom Bivins in a game at Ramstein Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Ramstein won the game 67-61.

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By GREGORY BROOME | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 24, 2019

DODEA-Europe’s Division I basketball defending champions seem to have no intention of relinquishing their thrones.

The four-time defending boys champion Ramstein Royals and two-time defending girls champion Stuttgart Panthers are again undefeated with just under a month to go before the 2018-19 European basketball championship tournaments.

Appropriately enough, the Royals and Panthers will meet in both boys and girls basketball this weekend, giving each school a chance to both further their own unbeaten start and spoil that of their rival.

The Ramstein boys made their statement before the holidays, beating perennial contender Wiesbaden 67-61 to open the season before blasting Kaiserslautern 60-41 in a rematch of last year’s dramatic European title game. Their latest challenge takes the form of a solid Stuttgart squad coming off a blowout defeat of Vilseck.

The Stuttgart girls, meanwhile, have been consistently dominant, winning all five of their games to date by double digits. That includes a convincing 40-27 defeat of Naples, the Panthers’ opponent in last year’s championship game, on Dec. 7.

Stuttgart this weekend will tangle with a Ramstein squad riding its own streak of four straight double-digit wins.

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