Wiesbaden hands Ramstein first defeat
The Wiesbaden Warriors' winning streak met its end Friday night, but what happened the next day made it all better.
The Wiesbaden boys basketball team handed the rival Ramstein Royals the first boys or girls hoops loss of the season on Saturday, earning a 40-36 home-court win that immediately erased the sting of the Royals' 69-59 triumph a night earlier at Ramstein.
Isiah Washington poured in a game-high 23 points in Saturday's Wiesbaden victory, while Daniel Williams grabbed 10 rebounds and David Williams gathered eight boards for the Warriors.
After falling behind early in Friday's double-digit loss, Wiesbaden pounced on Ramstein early Saturday with a 12-6 first-quarter push.
Friday's setback ended a Wiesbaden win streak that had included all of their games in the current calendar year. The Warriors won their first seven games coming out of the holiday break.
But Ramstein scuttled that momentum Friday behind matching 19-point efforts from T.J. Williams and Mitchell McKinney, extending their own season-long winning streak to 12, where it would ultimately end.
Both teams can expect favorable seeds in the upcoming Division I tournament alongside Naples, the only unbeaten team in Division I, and SHAPE, which handed Wiesbaden two losses early in the season.
Both teams face divisional rival Kaiserslautern over the final week of the regular season.
Black Forest Academy 57/51, Stuttgart 55/50: At Stuttgart, the Falcons pulled off an impressive sweep of the host Panthers.
Division II power BFA bested its Division I host by three combined points in the two games, staving off second-half Stuttgart rallies in both instances. The Falcons staged a comeback of their own on Saturday, bouncing back from a 17-10 deficit through one quarter.
The BFA wins come a week after its upset bids against Division I power Ramstein fell short. Coupled with the girls' efforts, BFA took three of four hoops games from the favored Panthers this weekend.
Jonah Greathouse scored a combined 30 points and Noah Greathouse totaled 20 for BFA. Noah Layton poured in a game-high 17 points for Stuttgart on Saturday.
Naples 59/59, Aviano 19/41: At Naples, the host Wildcats completed an undefeated regular season with a sweep of the Saints.
The high-scoring trio of Terrell Staten, Karrington Evans and Matt Bruhn led the way for Naples. Staten and Evans each scored a combined 40 points on the weekend, with Staten starring in a 26-point effort Friday and Evans scoring a game-high 23 points Saturday. Bruhn added a combined 25 points over the two games.
Naples wraps up its DODDS-Europe slate at 12-0, including a 4-0 Division I mark. Ramstein's loss left the Wildcats as the last unbeaten team in the division, setting the team up for a potential top seed in the tournament bracket.
Marymount 74/55, Sigonella 50/31: At Rome, an anticipated matchup of small-school powers went decisively to the host Royals.
Freshman Dominic Laffitte was typically dominant for Division II Marymount, posting back-to-back double-doubles of 36 points and 11 rebounds and 32 and 11, respectively. But he had ample support from experienced Royal Lotanna Mba, who went for 18 points and 13 rebounds on Friday and 11 and 13 on Saturday in his own set of double-double efforts.
That was enough to overcome the reigning Division III champions despite a strong weekend from Jason Berlin, who scored a combined 27 points for the Jaguars.
Both teams are now done with the regular season and will enter their respective brackets on the short list of potential European championship squads.
Hohenfels 59/65, Vilseck 46/64: Tiger star Marshal Eddie poured in a combined 60 points as the Division II squad swept its Division I rival.
Eddie, a senior point guard, scored 23 points on Friday as the Tigers rushed out to an early double-digit lead. Hohenfels needed more from Eddie to withstand a Vilseck resurgence Saturday, and he responded with 37 points in a one-point victory.
Tiger teammate Tony Saintmelus offered Eddie capable help in the form of 25 combined points on the weekend, while Keyshawn Hunter posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in Friday's win.
Mario Matthews scored 16 on Friday and Allen Harris matched that on Saturday to lead the Falcon resistance.
Both teams wrap up their regular seasons next weekend with tough divisional matchups. Hohenfels takes on BFA while Vilseck faces Stuttgart.
Lakenheath 56/57, Alconbury 42/47: The Lancers turned back two stiff challenges from their British neighbor in a home-and-home doubleheader.
The wins snapped a four-game losing streak for Lakenheath, which fell to Division I rivals Ramstein and Kaiserslautern over the previous two weeks. The Lancers and Dragons are both finished with their DODDS-Europe regular-season slate.
Fritz Sherenco starred for the Dragons with 31 combined points.