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Ramstein's Lee DeBose gets past Bitburg's Ian Alexander for a tough layup Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Ramstein's Lee DeBose gets past Bitburg's Ian Alexander for a tough layup Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Lee DeBose gets past Bitburg's Ian Alexander for a tough layup Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Ramstein's Lee DeBose gets past Bitburg's Ian Alexander for a tough layup Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Drew Tevebaugh goes up for a contested two-handed dunk just in front of Bitburg's Colton Thomas Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Ramstein's Drew Tevebaugh goes up for a contested two-handed dunk just in front of Bitburg's Colton Thomas Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg's Colton Thomas pushes the ball up the court against Ramstein Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Bitburg's Colton Thomas pushes the ball up the court against Ramstein Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Lee DeBose lays in a fast break bucket ahead of Bitburg's Ian Alexander Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Ramstein's Lee DeBose lays in a fast break bucket ahead of Bitburg's Ian Alexander Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Drew Tevebaugh takes a short jumper Friday night at Ramstein, Germany,

Ramstein's Drew Tevebaugh takes a short jumper Friday night at Ramstein, Germany, (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg's Alexa Landenberger drives past Ramstein's Rezana Todman Friday night in the first half at Ramstein, Germany.

Bitburg's Alexa Landenberger drives past Ramstein's Rezana Todman Friday night in the first half at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg's Alexa Landenberger shoots a jumper in the first half against Ramstein Friday night.

Bitburg's Alexa Landenberger shoots a jumper in the first half against Ramstein Friday night. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg's Saoirse Matthews gets a fast break layup against Ramstein on Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Bitburg's Saoirse Matthews gets a fast break layup against Ramstein on Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Katie Knapp helps Bitburg's Destiny Walker up after they wrestle for possession of the ball Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Ramstein's Katie Knapp helps Bitburg's Destiny Walker up after they wrestle for possession of the ball Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Desiree Palacios takes the ball to hoop against Bitburg's Hailey McKenna Friday night at Ramstein, Germany.

Ramstein's Desiree Palacios takes the ball to hoop against Bitburg's Hailey McKenna Friday night at Ramstein, Germany. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The opening weekend of DODDS-Europe basketball found the Ramstein Royals in midseason form in a thorough boys and girls hoops sweep of Bitburg. The girls cruised 58-23 Friday night, while the boys won 59-8.

The Royal girls deployed a remarkably balanced attack in building a 14-1 first-quarter lead that easily held up for the duration.

Lindsey Breton posted an impressive 18-point, 12-rebound double-double. Rezana Todman joined her in double figures with 12 points. Center Katherine Enyeart paired eight points with a game-high 15 rebounds. Point guard Desiree Palacios orchestrated the attack with a game-best six assists. D'Myia Thornton sparked a smothering defense with nine steals.

The rout was a fine start to the Ramstein coaching tenure of Lin Hairstone, who coached Bitburg for two decades before making the switch to Ramstein this season.

"It was difficult," Hairstone said of facing the program he led to a Division II championship last year. "But you coach to win."

The Ramstein boys tapped their own source of motivation Friday. After falling to Patch in last year's Division I European championship game, returning forward Drew Tevebaugh said he and the Royals plan on sustaining postseason intensity throughout the winter in hopes of earning another title shot.

"We play every game as if it's the championship game this year," Tevebaugh said.

Friday's regular-season opener was the product of a confidence-boosting set of preseason workouts, Tevebaugh added.

"We're doing real good as a team right now," said Tevebaugh, who led all scorers with 16 points and added six rebounds. "It's good to translate it into a game."

Lee Debose scored 13 points, Trey Bailey added eight points and seven rebounds and Jesse Gray pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for Ramstein.

The Barons get another shot at Ramstein on Saturday as the Royals visit Bitburg for a rematch doubleheader.

broome.gregory@stripes.com

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