Wiesbaden boys among those hoping momentum continues
The DODDS-Europe basketball regular season came to an end on Saturday, just four days removed from the start of the European basketball tournament. While many programs had wrapped up their regular-season schedules a week prior, a number of teams picked up one last boost of momentum headed into the postseason.
Preliminary tournament play runs Wednesday and Thursday, with Division I teams housed in Kaiserslautern and the smaller divisions playing around Wiesbaden. The tournament consolidates to Wiesbaden to determine finalists Friday; six championship games are set for Saturday at Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne Fitness Center.
BoysWiesbaden 62, Kaiserslautern 45: Friday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors continued their late-season surge with a sound defeat of the rival Raiders.
Kaiserslautern scored the game's first 14 points and led 21-8 through one quarter. But the Warriors erased that lead by halftime and closed out the injury-riddled visitors on a 20-7 fourth-quarter run.
John McKoy posted game-high totals of 15 points and nine rebounds and Isiah Washington chipped in nine points for the Warriors. Ja'Markus Myles scored 11 and Markell Johnson scored 10 to pace the Raiders.
The win gave the Warriors a season sweep of the Raiders when coupled with their 57-54 overtime win Jan. 12. In fact, Wiesbaden has lost just once since the holiday break - that coming in a doubleheader split with previously unbeaten defending champion Ramstein - and won all of its home games on the season save for a season-opening loss to Black Forest Academy.
Vicenza 58/41, Aviano 49/50: The Cougars and Saints split a home-and-home weekend series as each team defended its home court.
A late run gave Vicenza the win Friday as the Cougars outscored the Saints 17-10 in the fourth quarter. Aviano mounted a similar late attack in Saturday's rematch with a 12-4 fourth-quarter run.
Aviano's Brandon Vigil poured in 34 combined points on the weekend, while teammate Aaron Island added a total of 20. Kai're Grant posted 20 total combined points and Alex DeCaro posted 19 for the Cougars.
Black Forest Academy 60, Hohenfels 43: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Falcons completed a sweep of their Division II rivals.
Jonah Greathouse scored 25 points, Noah Greathouse added 15 and Kaden Proctor posted eight points and 18 rebounds in the win. BFA improves to 11-3 overall on the season and 4-0 in Division II entering the tournament.
BFA opened the season's final weekend Friday with a 51-12 defeat of the Tigers.
Bitburg 46/41, Baumholder 40/37: The Division II Barons gritted out two narrow wins over their formidable Division III rivals.
DeJhon Williams poured in 33 combined points in the victories, including eight as part of a 12-4 run to secure Friday's win. Eli Canaan had a total of 19 points while posting seven rebounds Friday and seven steals Saturday.
Nathaniel Horton poured in 27 points on the weekend, including a game-high 20 on Saturday, to pace Baumholder.
Vilseck 36/53, Stuttgart 35/46: At Vilseck, the Falcons gathered some needed postseason momentum with their first Division I doubleheader sweep of the season.
The wins improved Vilseck's divisional record to 3-7, elevating the squad ahead of Stuttgart in the Division I standings.
Jaleel Edwards scored a combined 21 points for Vilseck, while Sam Dillon produced 26 for the Panthers.
St. John's 50/61, Brussels 35/40: The Brigands ended their regular season with a pair of setbacks against an in-country, non-DODDS opponent.
Michael DeFazio led the Brigands on both occasions with 14 points on Friday and 15 more on Saturday.
GirlsVicenza 61/65, Aviano 20/24: The Cougars completed their unbeaten DODDS-Europe season and senior Emma Knapp enjoyed one last home-court star turn as Vicenza swept its Italian rival.
Knapp scored 25 points, including 12 in the first quarter, made all three of her three-point attempts in the final home game of her accomplished prep career. She added 27 more points Saturday at Aviano.
Adrianna Lovelace scored 18 on Friday and Jordan Wakefield produced 16 points Saturday to aid the cause.
The Cougars join Ramstein as undefeated Division I frontrunners entering the tournament.
BFA 43, Hohenfels 6: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Falcons restored their Division II record to .500 by finished off a sweep of the Tigers.
BFA, last year's runner-up to Bitburg and this year's expected primary obstacle to a Baron repeat, jumped on Hohenfels early with a stunning 29-0 first-quarter outburst. Katie Greathouse and Cailynn Campbell scored 11 apiece in the rout, which followed a 43-3 blowout of the Tigers on Friday.
Kaiserslautern 38, Wiesbaden 22: At Kaiserslautern, the Raiders finished their regular season in style with a double-digit defeat of the reigning Division I champs.
The victories completed a strong late-season run for Kaiserslautern, which won five of the last six games on its schedule, all against Division I opponents.
Althea Honan scored nine points and Breanne Jones and Byanca Powell added eight apiece in a balanced Raider attack. Wiesbaden's Corban Jackson led all scorers with 11.
SHAPE 26/29, AFNORTH 14/20: The Spartans jumped back into DODDS-Europe action, notching a pair of wins in their first games since late January.
Begona Rodriguez scored a combined 28 points on the weekend; the wins evened SHAPE's season record at 7-7.
Bitburg 39/35, Baumholder 4/10: The defending Division II champions tuned up for their title defense by blasting the reigning Division III champs.
Elise Rasmussen and Alexa Landenberger turned in their usual standout efforts for the Barons. Rasmussen totaled 21 points and 11 rebounds and Landenberger posted 20 combined points.
Stuttgart 44/44, Vilseck 13/5: At Vilseck, the Panthers twice routed their Division I rivals.
Stuttgart enters the tournament on a four-game Division I winning streak and with a 7-3 divisional record on the season.
The Panthers' Abby Zipperer posted consecutive game-high scoring totals with 15 and 16 points, respectively.
St. John's 35/42, Brussels 12/12: The Brigands absorbed a pair of losses to their non-DODDS Belgian neighbor.
Kiki Carson posted 11 rebounds for Brussels in the losses, which snapped a two-game Brigand winning streak.