European athletes of the week
Emanuel MooreBoys basketball
Last week: With Moore providing the punch, Hanau improved to 6-0 Tuesday with a 66-48 win at Würzburg. Moore, a senior, scored 30 points and had eight rebounds against Würzburg — which like Hanau is ticketed for closure at the end of the school year — to go with his 27- and 23-point outings in Friday’s and Saturday’s wins over visiting Hohenfels.
“Emanuel is a great competitor,” Hanau coach Tim Smith wrote Tuesday in an e-mail. “He has an excellent drive to the basket, plays good defense, rebounds and can play any position.”
Moore, a 6-foot forward, is averaging more than 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, Smith wrote, attributing the totals to Moore’s dedication to his craft.
“Emanuel worked hard on his game in the offseason,” Smith concluded, “and has a great work ethic in practice.”
Justine SheltonGirls basketball
Last week: Like her male counterpart, Emanuel Moore of Hanau, Shelton, a 5-foot-4 senior guard, was instrumental in keeping her team undefeated. She scored 18 points and made three steals in Friday’s 33-14 home victory over AFNORTH, then scored 25 points in Saturday’s 59-31 road victory over the Lions.
SHAPE coach Sam Ochinang said Monday in an e-mail that performance was not unusual for Shelton.
“Justine moves well around the court,” he wrote. “She can dribble and shoot with very little preparation, catching a lot of defenders off guard.”
Ochinang wrote that Shelton has scored in double figures in all six of her team’s victories. She averages five rebounds and two assists per game, while providing leadership.
“She is the team’s court general, and is regarded highly by her teammates,” he said.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff