Several teams split in return to action
The DODEA-Europe boys basketball season resumed from its month-long slumber with several spirited doubleheader splits this weekend.
Black Forest 70/60, Kaiserslautern 64/60: At Kandern, Germany, the host Falcons played the perennial large-school contenders to a draw.
Black Forest, a former Division II stalwart in the midst of its Division I debut campaign, improved to 3-0 in divisional play with a narrow Friday victory.
Gabriel Kruse scored 24 points for the Falcons, overcoming a 32-point effort by Raiders star Tre Dotson.
The Falcons took their first Division I loss on Saturday as the visitors evened the series. Darius Camp scored a game-high 30 and Dotson chipped in 20 in the win. Kruse went for 25 in defeat.
Wiesbaden 54/34, Vilseck 41/44: At Vilseck, the Division I hopefuls jockeyed for postseason position in a competitive split.
Wiesbaden took the opener behind a 17-point scoring outburst by Darnell Moran Jr. and 11 points in support by Zach Kirk. The host Falcons responded Saturday, holding the Warriors to two third-quarter points to stretch a narrow halftime lead. Matthew Gardner scored a game-high 11 to lead a balanced Vilseck offense.
Ramstein 42/35, Stuttgart 38/44: At Stuttgart, the Panthers handed the defending champ Royals their first loss of the season in the back half of an evenly matched doubleheader.
The loss is Ramstein’s first since Dec. 5, 2017.
Logan Crouch scored 10 points to lead an equitable Stuttgart offense in Saturday’s win. Ahmir Johnson and Cardy Moten added nine points apiece with Sam Schudel contributed seven.
Ramstein won Friday’s opening game behind an 18-point effort from point guard Jerod Little. Johnson went for 15 in that game to pace Stuttgart, while Crouch posted 10 points in that game as well.
Vicenza 33/27, Rota 30/49: At Rota, the host Admirals shook off a Friday loss with a runaway victory a day later.
Zach Cohen scored 13 points to pace Friday’s Vicenza win. Jaden Butler led all scorers with 21 on Saturday.
Rota takes on another Division II rival from Italy next weekend as it visits Naples. Vicenza continues its homestand against Marymount.
Ansbach 56/46, Alconbury 49/59: At Alconbury, small-school rivals played to yet another doubleheader split.
Shane Nesbitt scored a game-high 21 points to lead the visitors to the Friday victory. Josefus Moyd and Spencer Swapp scored 10 points apiece for the Dragons.
Swapp led all scorers with 20 points Saturday as the teams switched roles in a Dragon victory. Nesbitt scored 12 and Josiah Quinland added 10 for the Cougars; Quinland finished with 24 combined points on the weekend.
Baumholder 61/57, Spangdahlem 45/40: The defending Division III champions outlasted a tough divisional rival in home-and-home sweep.
Bucs star Chandler Pigge led the way for Baumholder with 22 and 27 points, respectively.
Deon Montgomery totaled 25 points over the two games and Eddie DeJesus totaled 21 in defeat.
Naples 58/51, Sigonella 17/22: At Naples, the Wildcats routed the Jaguars on consecutive days.
Keshawn Holland totaled 31 points over the weekend, including 22 on Saturday, to lead the Wildcats. Keith Rascoe added a combined 24 points and Tigus Hunter added a combined 21 in the sweep.
Elsewhere in Italy, the host Aviano Saints routed Florence by 46-7 and 51-4 scores. Miguel Evans scored 19 points in the first game, while Courtlyn Glover scored 12 in the latter.