Royals turn back Falcons to stay on top D-I standings
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 1, 2020
The Ramstein Royals sent a message this weekend to the newest challenger to their DODEA-Europe Division I throne.
The host Royals swept Black Forest Academy by scores of 78-66 and 86-46 on Friday and Saturday, knocking off the former Division II powerhouse turned legitimate large-school contender.
Ramstein outscored the Falcons 27-15 in the second quarter Friday on the way to a double-digit win Friday. Saturday’s game was never close as the Royals built a 20-point lead through eight minutes and cruised to a mercy-rule win.
Christian Breton-Hall led all scorers with 22 points in Ramstein’s opening win. Jason Jones Jr. posted a game-high 19 points on Saturday.
Jacob Fortune totaled 35 points over the two games.
Wiesbaden 51, Kaiserslautern 49: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors came out on top of another last-second decision.
Wiesbaden squandered an 11-point fourth-quarter lead and found itself trailing by four with just more than a minute to go. But a quick Warrior rally, capped by a three-point play by Dom Bivins, put the Warriors up by a point.
Kaiserslautern misfired on a trip to the free-throw line with two seconds to play and an opportunity to tie the score. A night earlier, Wiesbaden’s Jaiden Harrison stepped to the line at the same point in the game with his team trailing by a point and sank both free throws to deliver a stunning 76-75 Warrior win.
Isaac Smith led Wiesbaden with 15 points, while Bivins added nine points and 14 rebounds. Tre Dotson totaled 17 points and nine rebounds for Kaiserslautern.
Ansbach 49, Baumholder 39: At Baumholder, the Cougars triumphed in a rematch of last year’s Division III title game.
Ansbach held the defending champs scoreless in the third quarter to extend a narrow third-quarter lead.
Alex Adams led all scorers with 19 points in Ansbach’s win. Chandler Pigge led the Bucs with 13 points.
The Bucs fared better Friday night, handling Hohenfels 65-45. Pigge and Hohenfels’ Deshawn Herold-Adams each scored 21 points in the game.
Aviano 47, Naples 45: Saturday at Aviano, the host Saints earned a split with the Wildcats after an overtime loss Friday.
Miguel Evans scored 11 points and Donavin Robinson added 10 in a balanced Aviano attack, offsetting the game-high effort of 21 points by Naples Tyrell Holland.
Naples outscored Aviano 10-0 in overtime Friday to stun the Saints.
Spangdahlem 36/28, Brussels 23/23: At Spangdahlem, the Sentinels stayed undefeated at the expense of their Division III rivals.
The Sentinels pounced on the Brigands immediately in Friday’s opener, opening a 16-2 lead through one quarter and protecting that lead for the duration. Saturday’s game was far closer, but Spangdahlem made a five-point halftime lead hold up for the final margin.
Lorelai Vargo scored 13 points in each game to lead the Sentinels.
Elsewhere in Division III, the AFNORTH Lions beat the Sigonella Jaguars by scores of 37-27 and 40-39.
Aviano 36, Naples 29: Saturday at Aviano, the Saints completed a weekend sweep of their Italian rival.
Mikyla Harkley totaled 12 points, nine rebounds and five steals to lead the way.
Ramstein 49/43, Black Forest 34/21: At Ramstein, the Royals handled the visiting Falcons.
Linda Naglack led the Royals with 11 points Friday, while Shannon McCray and Alexis Tri each scored nine points on Saturday. Alayna Potter totaled 16 rebounds on the weekend.
Kaiserslautern 66, Wiesbaden 33: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Raiders unleashed an offensive barrage on the overmatched Warriors.
Rebecca Moon poured in 29 points for the Raiders, while Audrey Elisondo produced a 21-point, 16-rebound double-double.
Kaiserslautern beat Wiesbaden 31-24 in a more competitive matchup Friday at Kaiserslautern.