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The defending champion Ramstein Royals continued their surge back to the top of DODEA-Europe Division I boys basketball Friday with a 61-52 comeback defeat of the archrival Wiesbaden Warriors.

The win draws the Royals even in the loss column with the Warriors, who had spent the season in outright first place until Ramstein caught up Friday. It also avenges Ramstein’s loss in the Dec. 1 season opener, a 59-44 Warrior victory.

Adding to the game’s import, the matchup was also a rematch of last year’s European championship game, which the Royals won for their second straight Division I title.

Wiesbaden held leads Friday at the end of the first and third quarters before a 24-11 fourth-quarter push put Ramstein ahead. The Ramstein win clinched a third straight season without a home-court loss.

Sincere Dudley scored 18 points and Naser Eaves added 16 to lead the Royals, overcoming a valiant 14-point, 13-rebound double-double by Warrior counterpart Joshua Osakwe.

Ramstein rounds out the regular season at Division II Black Forest next weekend. The Warriors host Kaiserslautern next Friday in one last Division I clash before they host the European tournament starting Feb. 21.

Kaiserslautern 59/60, Stuttgart 55/57: At Kaiserslautern, the Raiders edged the Panthers by nearly identical scores.

A balanced offense powered both Kaiserslautern victories. Isiah Washington took high point honors, respectively, with 12 and 16 points in the two games. But three teammates scored at least eight points in each game, led by a combined 21 from Tre Dotson.

Mondwell Buckle scored 29 points on the weekend to pace the Panthers.

Kaiserslautern improves to 8-3 in Division I play on the season entering its Friday finale against Wiesbaden, while the Panthers dip below .500 with the losses.

Black Forest 82/70, Vilseck 52/57: At Vilseck, the defending Division II champions recorded a pair of quality wins over their Division I hosts.

Jacob Fortune poured in 37 points to lead the visitors to a 30-point rout on Friday. BFA led by 11 points after one quarter and put the game out of reach with a decisive fourth-quarter rally.

A more equitable offensive attack produced a similar result on Saturday. Fortune tied teammates Dillon Priest and Kaden Proctor with a game-high 14 points, while Trevor Broaten contributed six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Terron Sizemore scored a combined 32 points for Vilseck.

Lakenheath 74, Spangdahlem 52: At Lakenheath, the Division I Lancers recorded a sizeable win over a tough Division II opponent.

Kobe Cox produced 27 points and six rebounds Saturday to headline Lakenheath’s weekend. Grady Wright posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double to help complete the sweep Saturday.

Lakenheath wraps up its regular season as part of a three-team meet at SHAPE next weekend.

Baumholder 61/60, AFNORTH 48/40: At Baumholder, DODEA-Europe’s only undefeated boys team recorded two more impressive wins.

Daryon Jones scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the first half Friday as the Bucs built a 14-point lead at intermission. Nate Horton scored a game-high 22 points Saturday while Chandler Pigge stuffed the stat sheet with 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

David Mitchell scored 28 combined points to lead Division II AFNORTH’s resistance.

Division III frontrunner Baumholder puts its 12-0 overall record on the line next weekend in a small-school showdown with Division II leader Spangdahlem.

Naples 72/59, Marymount 62/47: At Naples, the Wildcats fought off two spirited upset bids from the visiting Royals.

Marymount sharpshooter Gianmaria Bellucci scored 41 points Friday and 33 on Saturday to keep the Division II visitors in range of their Division I hosts.

Naples’ Tye Thompson produced a standout performance of his own Friday to fuel Friday’s win, posting a 35-point, 15-rebound double-double along with five steals. Thompson scored 18 and Omar Lopez contributed 11 points and 11 boards in Saturday’s rematch.

Brussels 61/31, Alconbury 30/33: At Alconbury, the host Dragons recorded their first Division III victory as part of a doubleheader split. Dominick DeFazio had a triple-double in leading Brussels to an overwhelming victory Friday. DeFazio scored 15 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and made 10 steals in the all-around star turn.

Jose Cordero scored 21 points Saturday to give Alconbury its first divisional win in seven attempts.

Vicenza 45/59, American Overseas School of Rome 28/33: At Vicenza, the host Cougars claimed both halves of a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.

Vicenza jumped out to big leads in each game’s opening half. The Cougars led by 10 at the break on Friday and used a 19-3 second-quarter rally to put Saturday’s game away.

Kai’re Grant scored a combined 27 points to pace Vicenza, which will end its regular season with a home-and-home series against local rival Aviano next weekend.

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