It wasn’t easy, but Division I Ramstein used a big three-pointer by Dillon Wadsack and two steals by Michael Wallace late in the game to hold off D-II Bitburg 67-63 and remain undefeated.

Wadsack’s three put Ramstein up for good with just over two minutes remaining in Friday night’s game, and Wallace’s steals helped seal the victory against the stubborn Barons.

"We struggled defensively all night but then made three big steals at the end," Ramstein coach Andrew O’Connor wrote in an e-mail. "I don’t think our guys knew what a challenge it would be to play Bitburg. They [Bitburg] didn’t fold under pressure and stepped up and made big shots."

Trailing 36-28 at halftime, Bitburg outscored Ramstein in the second half.

"They came out with great energy in the third quarter, and we struggled to get the momentum back," O’Connor wrote. "Luckily, we made the big plays at the end."

Brent Shuck scored 14 points and six blocks, and Wallace had a game-high 16 points for Ramstein (5-0 overall, 2-0 in Region II).

Bitburg, which got a team-high 12 points from Ramstein transfer Tyler Tucker, is 2-2, 0-1.

In other boys games of note as DODDS-Europe resumed play after the holiday break:

Bamberg 66, Patch 60: On Saturday at Bamberg, the defending European D-III champions ended Patch’s hopes of an unbeaten season when Quedel Webb stole the ball with 16 seconds to play and drove the floor for a layup that put the Barons ahead 64-60 and ensured them of the victory.

The score by Webb, who scored a game-high 23 points, allowed the Barons to avenge Patch’s 55-54 victory on Friday — Bamberg’s first loss of the season. Patch (5-1 overall) and Bamberg (3-1) are each 3-1 in Region III play.

Heidelberg 70-75, Ansbach 39-54: On Saturday at Ansbach, two-time defending European D-I champion Heidelberg (5-1 overall, 4-0 Region III) put the game away with a 25-9 third-quarter run and completed a weekend sweep.

Senior Chris Frazier led the scoring with 21 points. Teammate Chris Cuthbert, who scored 22 in Friday’s victory, added 14. Sam Freeman led Ansbach (2-4, 2-2) with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Baumholder 74-63, AFNORTH 61-54: On Friday at Brunssum, Netherlands, an 18-9 third-quarter run helped Baumholder secure the victory.

"We were staying with them pretty well," said AFNORTH coach Rawn Jones by telephone on Saturday, "then Mr. Davis took over."

"Mr. Davis" is All-Europe junior Artrell Davis, who scored 20 points to help the Bucs recover from a 39-34 halftime deficit. He finished second to teammate Christian Fuller, who had 21 points, for team-scoring honors. AFNORTH’s Yanick Hickman led all scorers with 23.

Baumholder also prevailed Saturday to up its season record to 3-2. Davis had 18 points and Fuller 17 in that game, while Hickman again led AFCENT (2-4), this time with 29 points.

Aviano 73-93, AOSR 47-64: On Saturday at Aviano, Italy, Jamal Tuck completed a big weekend with 28 points and eight rebounds as the unbeaten Saints (6-0) completed a sweep of previously unbeaten American Overseas School of Rome (4-2).

Tuck had a game-high 24 points in Friday’s romp, which included 11 rebounds, six steals and three assists by Sean Outing.

Sigonella 63-75, Vicenza 49-47: On Friday at Vicenza, Italy, Tyler Kelbert scored a game-high 27 points to help the Jaguars overcome a 23-point outing by Vicenza’s Shakael Skeete. The Jaguars (4-2) completed the sweep Saturday behind 20 points from Darius Johnson that helped offset Skeete’s 27-point day. Vicenza fell to 0-4.

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