European athletes of the week
Giessen High School
Last week: Williams, a sophomore, continued dropping daggers on Division III-South foes while helping the Griffins run their winning streak to 13 games with 31 total points in 64-47 and 51-44 victories over Ansbach last week. Williams, who was 8-for-9 behind the three-point arc the week before, hit four more threes in 10 tries last weekend to give him 22 of 53 for the season, 41.5 percent. However, it was Williams’ transition this season from shooting to point guard to replace the transferred Keith Dupont that drew the praise of Giessen coach Ron Merriwether. “My assistant, Gary Gulley, has been his personal coach this year in helping him with his transition to the point,” Merriwether wrote in an e-mail. He said Williams, who is averaging 11.4 points and 3.6 assists per game, “has lots of offense in his game, but has had to make the sacrifice this year for the success of the team, and has done an exceptional job running our uptempo game.”
Giessen High School
Last week: Benjamin, a freshman, had 19 points and 17 rebounds Saturday as the Lady Griffins completed a road sweep at Ansbach. The 50-40 victory allowed Giessen to tie Hanau and Hohenfels for the Division III-South championship. The Lady Griffins finished second to Hanau in a points-differential tiebreaker. “Tiana handles pressure well, especially for a freshman,” her coach, Catherine Martinez, wrote Tuesday in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. “She leads the team in rebounds (11 per game) and steals (seven per game).” In two games the previous weekend, Benjamin of Tucson, Ariz., a 10-points-per-game scorer, added 30 rebounds and nine stealss. “She anticipates the ball well,” Martinez wrote in explaining her freshman’s big rebounding and theft totals. Benjamin’s efforts helped the Lady Griffins earn the No. 2 seed in this week’s European Division III tournament, once again behind Hanau.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff