Warriors sweep Vilseck to stay perfect
VILSECK, Germany -- It wasn’t easy, but Wiesbaden will enter the holiday break as the only undefeated team remaining in both Division I boys and girls basketball.
The Warrior boys earned that distinction Saturday with a 70-64 win over Vilseck, completing a weekend sweep it started Friday with a 78-59 defeat of the Falcons.
The deep Wiesbaden squad got contributions from all corners of its roster. Darren Williams led the team in scoring Friday with 20 points while adding seven rebounds and three assists.
Kelsey Thomas continued his stat-stuffing season with 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Center Tyler Cordoni turned in a workmanlike 11 points and nine rebounds.
Reymoi Lewis served as offensive centerpiece on Saturday with 17 points, while Williams and Thomas pitched in 14 each to the cause. CJ Pridgen led the team with eight rebounds.
Vilseck’s David Harris recorded the high point total in each game, scoring 21 on Friday and 20 on Saturday while grabbing a combined 16 rebounds.
Wiesbaden will take a 4-0 record into the holiday break; Division I rivals Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, Patch, Ramstein and Vilseck each have at least one loss.
Ramstein 48/31, Lakenheath 43/42: At Lakenheath, the Royals and Lancers played to a Friday-Saturday draw.
Lee DeBose scored 16 points and Drew Tevebaugh added 13 as Ramstein took the Friday opener, outscoring the Lancers 11-6 after entering the fourth quarter tied.
AJ Ransom scored 16 points and added five rebounds and three steals as the Lancers evened the score Saturday. Lakenheath outscored the Royals 27-17 after halftime to pull away.
Nick Winkie scored a combined 25 points and 14 rebounds for Lakenheath, which improves to 2-2 on the season. Saturday’s loss ended the Royals’ three-game win streak to start their season.
Kaiserslautern 69/63, Patch 66/86: At Stuttgart, the defending Division I champion Panthers shook off a season-opening loss with a blowout win over the visiting Raiders.
Kaiserslautern stunned the reigning champs Friday, jumping out to a 20-13 lead after one quarter and outscoring Patch by seven over the final eight minutes to secure the win.
The Panthers found their ferocity in the Saturday rematch, building a double-digit lead early and a 50-24 lead by the break en route to the runaway win.
Both teams flashed balanced and effective offenses over the weekend.
Kaiserslautern had the same three double-digit scorers – Emilio Moreno, Lorenzo Williams and Jeremy Morgan – in each game. Patch’s All-Europe wing duo of Brendan Jones and John Robinson cracked double digits in each game, and were joined by Christopher Ferguson on Friday and Kelvin Brown on Saturday. Jones scored 31 on Saturday.
Brussels 60/58, Alconbury 54/49: At Brussels, the Brigands withstood a prodigious scoring effort from Kevin Beasley to earn the sweep.
Dragon phenom Beasley scored 31 points on Friday and 24 on Saturday to keep Alconbury within striking distance. But Brussels placed three scorers in double digits in each game, led by 15 points by Matt Proulx on Friday and 24 by Javaughn Harrison on Saturday, to fend off the visitors.
Harrison was equally proficient on the glass, recording 17 rebounds on Friday and 23 on Saturday while posting a combined eight blocks over the eight quarters.
Vicenza 64, Naples 50: Saturday at Vicenza, the Cougars completed a weekend sweep of their Italian rival.
Derrick Schaefer scored 19 and LaScott Richardson 14 to lead Vicenza to a second consecutive double-digit win after beating the Wildcats 64-23 on Friday. Jayontray Grogan scored a game-high 20 for Naples.
Ansbach 44, Schweinfurt/Bamberg 16: Friday at Schweinfurt, Brandon Dunn scored 14 points and Timo Togafu grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Cougar rout.