Several teams head into holiday break on a hot streak
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 8, 2018
DODEA-Europe wrapped up the pre-holiday portion of its 2018-19 regular-season basketball schedule over the weekend, the last before a month-long intermission for the winter break. Play resumes Jan. 11, the start of a stretch run heading to the European championship tournaments Feb. 20 through 23 at Wiesbaden.
Host Ansbach dominant: The Cougars were the clear standout team in the four-team small-school meet they hosted Friday and Saturday.
Ansbach handled defending Division III champion Baumholder 60-42 on Friday, outscoring the Bucs by eight in the first quarter and by nine in the fourth to finish the job. Kevin Kamara posted a 26-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the way, offsetting a 23-point effort by Baumholder’s Chandler Pigge.
The Cougars defeated Spanghdahlem 70-53 in a Saturday encore, steadily outscoring the Sentinels after the visitors claimed a 17-4 edge through eight minutes. Ogden Andrew posted a monster triple-double with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals. Javian Rouse scored 21 points for the Sentinels.
Aviano 63/54, Sigonella 25/12: At Aviano, the host Saints delivered consecutive blowout wins.
Lamarr Daniels led the way with 14 points in Friday’s game, while Gabriel Hodgson scored 12 to pace Saturday’s win.
Vilseck 65, Naples 51: Saturday at Vicenza, the Falcons rebounded from a Friday loss with a convincing Saturday victory.
Matthew Jones scored 19 points and Josh Valembrun added 15 for Vilseck, which took a close 49-44 loss to host Vicenza on Friday.
Naples’ Tye Thompson led all scorers with 31 points.
Vicenza 43, Stuttgart 41: Saturday at Vicenza, the Cougars completed a perfect weekend with a second straight divisional victory.
Zedy Roberts led all scorers with 21 points to lead the Cougars, who enjoy a 4-0 start to their season entering the holiday break.
Wade Cooper and Logan Crouch each scored 12 for Stuttgart, which took a pair of two-point losses in Italy, including Friday’s setback against Naples.
Kaiserslautern 44, Ramstein 41: Friday at Ramstein, the visiting Raiders picked up a win over their neighboring archrival.
Kaiserslautern outscored the home team 19-9 in the second quarter to pull ahead at the break and resisted all of Ramstein’s efforts at a second-half comeback.
Le’Jhanique Brown posted a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double to pace the Raiders, who will enter the holiday break with a 2-0 overall record.
Sigonella 46/52, Aviano 20/26: At Aviano, the reigning Division III champions swept the Division II Saints.
The Jaguars’ star duo of Jessica Jacobs and Averi Chandler was again overwhelming. Jacobs totaled 18 points, seven steals and four assists on Friday and amassed 11 points, six assists, seven steals and seven boards on Saturday. Chandler posted 16 points and nine rebounds Saturday and 26 points and six steals Saturday.
Ansbach 22, Baumholder 19: Friday at Ansbach, the host Cougars earned a narrow victory.
Rona Denuna scored seven points to lead a balanced Ansbach attack. Sam Buchanan knocked down a pair of three-pointers and Shanice Kamara pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for Ansbach.
Baumholder’s Lydia Coyour led all scorers with 14 points.
The Bucs bounced back Saturday with 23-21 defeat of Hohenfels. Coyour and Hohenfels’ June Smith tied for game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece.
SHAPE 37/23, Brussels 24/24: The Spartans and Brigands exchanged victories on each other’s home courts.
SHAPE won Friday at Brussels behind a 20-point effort from Mya Neal. Brussels responded with a one-point comeback victory at SHAPE the next day, led by a game-high 16 points from Nina Duvnjak.