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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Ramstein’s Royals and Lady Royals completed their three-day, two-game Region II season sweep of the Baumholder Bucs and Lady Bucs on their home floor Friday night in diametrically opposite fashions.Ramstein’s girls rode a 17-2 run over the game’s opening 6 minutes, 20 seocnds to a 68-27 victory. But it took a late Cho-time clutch play to allow the Ramstein boys to polish off scrappy Baumholder 60-52.Ramstein boys 60, Baumhoilder 52: That’s Cho-time, as in James Cho.When the Bucs closed what had been a 10-point gap earlier in the final period to trail just 50-46 with 2:20 left in the game, Cho, who scored six of his nine points on the night in the final stanza, unsheathed Ramstein’s dagger with a put-back basket to up the margin to six points.Virgil Sneed, who scored Ramstein’s first six points and 11 of his 17 points over the final eight minutes, thrust the dagger home with a Cho-like put-back just 40 seconds later.“We were playing with a sense of urgency,” Cho said. “Every game gets tight, and you just have to get it done.”Friday’s game, in addition to its contrast with the girls’ game, was just as different as Tuesday night’s contest at Baumholder, which Ramstein won 75-60, in spite of putting the Bucs on the line 51 times. Friday, Baumholder went to the line less than half that much, converting 12-of-24.“We definitely moved our feet a lot better on defense,” Cho said.And while the foul situation improved Friday, Ramstein’s accuracy from the floor took a step backward. Ramstein scored 41 points in the first half on Tuesday. Friday, the Royals managed 26 first-half points in a bricklayer’s convention. Ramstein was 7-of-24 from the floor in the game’s first 16 minutes. “We were getting good looks,” Cho said. “They just weren’t falling for us.”Ramstein improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in Region II going into the holidays. Tahrell Harris and Hayford Owusu each scored 15 points to lead Baumholder (2-2, 0-2). Harris kept the Bucs close at intermission on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line in the second period. Owusu took over from Harris in the third period, going 4-of-5 from the floor, one of them a three-ball, and 2-for-2 at the line.Neither scorer, however, had much success in the final period. Harris was 1-of-6 from the floor over that span; Owusu went 1-of-4, a three-ball, over the final eight minutes.Next up for the Bucs is a Jan. 6 home game against non-regional foe AFNORTH.Ramstein girls 68, Baumholder 27: Mackenzie Crews, who went on to score a team-high 16 points in spite of sitting out most of the second half, and Kateri Goldammer, who would finish the game with 12 points, combined to score the first 10 points of Ramstein’s decisive 17-2 first-quarter run.Everyone who suited up got into the game for Ramstein (2-1 overall, 2-0 in Region II) and 10 of the 12 scored.Bethany Claypool, who scored six points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, did her part in furthering the opening run despite not scoring in the early going. She guarded high-scoring Baumholder sophomore Dionna Marcus and held her to 2-of-9 from the floor in the first half.Marcus rebounded after intermission, scoring a game-high 23 points.Kyana Milo accounted for the other four points for Baumholder, 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Region II.Ramstein’s girls next are scheduled for a Region II game Tuesday at Bitburg; Baumholder is off until a non-regional game Jan. 6 against visiting AFNORTH. It will be the Lady Bucs’ first game of the season against a non-Division I school.bryanr@estripes.osd.mil

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