European boys basketball: Bardell leads SHAPE to a sweep at Menwith Hill
SHAPE’s Kelsey Bardell found the rims in England to his liking as he led unbeaten SHAPE to a Region I road sweep of the Menwith Hill Mustangs, 56-36 on Friday and 60-27 on Saturday.
“If you leave him alone, you’re dead,” Menwith Hill coach Pete Resnick said by telephone on Saturday after Bardell had backed up his 24-point outing on Friday with a 23-point afternoon Saturday.
“You’ve got to put a man on him.”
And a good one at that. Fouling the SHAPE star does little good — Resnick reported Bardell went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line Friday.
Le’Shawn Adams tried to keep pace with Bardell, scoring 19 points on Friday and 14 on Saturday for Menwith Hill (4-6 overall, 2-6 Region I), but it was not nearly enough to stop SHAPE (10-0, 6-0).
In other boys games of note:
Rota 67, Alconbury 38: On Saturday at RAF Alconbury, England, the Admirals completed a romp through fellow Division IV schools behind 25 points from Alan Dowden.
Dowden, who was 7-for-10 from behind the three-point arc in Friday’s 75-38 drubbing of Brussels, sank eight more threes Saturday.
It was the second victory by Rota over Alconbury in the Admirals’ two-day visit. Rota waltzed 81-40 on Friday afternoon as Jeff Shelton, who scored 23 points on Saturday, scored 17 in that one.
Black Forest Academy 58, Würzburg 52: Saturday at Würzburg, the Falcons completed a two-game sweep for their first victories of the season behind the dominating play of Eddie Mbanda.
Mbanda, who posted 34 points and 16 rebounds in Friday’s 67-43 victory, scored 19 points and snared an eye-popping 26 rebounds on Saturday, according to Würzburg girls coach John Sullivan, as BFA kept its host winless for the season.
Bamberg 62, Mannheim 47: Saturday at Bamberg, Ryan Morris poured in 21 points as the defending European D-IV champions rolled over their D-II opponents in a non-regional game.
The victory was the second over Mannheim in as many days for Bamberg (7-1). Bamberg dropped a home game to Patch 56-51 on Dec. 8 and has won six straight since then.
Naples 60, Vicenza 53: On Saturday at Vicenza, Italy, the Wildcats (8-0, 4-0 American Schools in Italy League) got 15 points each from Omar Pemberton and Eman Rawls.
Naples returns home this weekend for a showdown against Aviano that is likely to decide the ASIL crown. Aviano (9-1, 4-0) blitzed visiting Sigonella 79-38 and 71-47 behind 22- and 20-point outings by Andre Dean.
Baumholder 68, Hohenfels 57: On Saturday at Hohenfels, the reigning European Division II champion posted its second straight victory behind 21 points by Artrell Davis and 14 rebounds by Rico Rawls.
Friday, the Bucs, a D-III school this season, claimed their first victory, 77-58 over the Tigers. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Baumholder, which hadn’t won since beating Bitburg 60-33 on the road Dec. 7.
Vilseck 89, Bitburg 53: Saturday at Grafenwöhr, Vilseck wrapped up a sweep of fellow D-II school Bitburg behind 25 points and five steals from Justin Moody-Walker and 20 points and 10 assists from Josh Frank.
Jamal Grant blocked four shots in Vilseck’s 64-48 victory on Friday that was built largely on Franks’ 29 points off 14-of-17 shooting from the floor. Grant blocked three more field-goal attempts on Saturday as the Falcons improved to 6-4 overall. Bitburg fell to 1-7 after a game in which officials used a running clock during the fourth quarter.