HEIDELBERG, Germany – Torrid second-half shooting combined with lights-out team defense after intermission Saturday as the Heidelberg Lions avenged Friday’s 56-46 loss to visiting Bamberg with a 67-47 triumph.
Heidelberg broke away from a 28-28 halftime tie on Saturday by shooting 15-of-20 from the floor after intermission, including four-of-five from behind the 3-point arc in the final period.
All-Europe senior guard Eugene Jones led the way, with 28 points, but his scoring was amplified by a man-to-man Heidelberg defense which held previously unbeaten Bamberg (6-1 overall, 4-1 in region III) to just 19 second-half points.
Chris Cuthbert, who scored seven points and made three steals, pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Lions (9-1, 7-1), still wincing from Friday’s loss, their first of the season.
Bamberg’s Brian Hargreaves played a huge role in that game. His 16 points, all after intermission, included three-for-three shooting from behind the 3-point arc and seven-for-eight from the free-throw line.
Hargreaves’ teammate, Quadell Webb, however, took game-scoring honors with 20 points on Friday; Jones led Heidelberg with 16.
Saturday, Hargreaves topped Bamberg, which next plays a home-and-home series against Vilseck on Friday and Saturday, with 16 points.
Heidelberg is idle this week.
In other boys games of note:
Lakenheath 44, SHAPE 31: Saturday at Mons, Belgium, all Brinsely Walker and his Lakenheath Lancer teammates apparently needed was a bit of sea air.
Walker, who ripped the SHAPE Spartans for 21 points and 20 rebounds in Friday night’s 53-36 victory, struck for 17 points and 15 rebounds on Saturday as the Lancers completed a Region I sweep of their cross-Channel rivals.
The triumphs were the first of the season for Lakenheath (2-8 overall and 2-2 in the region), and both games were won on the backboard. In addition to Walker’s 20 boards, Lakenheath benefited from John Eversman’s 13 rebounds on Friday. Saturday, Walker again grabbed game-rebounding honors.
Next up for Lakenheath is Saturday’s non-regional home test against TASIS-England.
SHAPE (1-10, 1-5), which got a team-high 14 points and 13 rebounds from Ryan Howard, visits Ramstein in a non-regional game on Saturday.
Sigonella 69, AOSR 62: Saturday at the American Overseas School of Rome, All-European Larry Stevenson struck for 29 points as the 2010 European Division III runners-up rebounded from a 71-70 loss in Rome on Friday.
Stevenson scored 36 points on Friday, but couldn’t keep Sigonella from its first loss of the season. The Jaguars are 9-1 and one game behind unbeaten Naples in the Region IV race. They are to host winless International School of Florence this weekend and head for Naples on Feb. 11-12 for a probable showdown for the American Schools in Italy league crown.
All-European Lorenzo Mannozzi scored all 19 of his points in the game’s final five minutes on Saturday. Mannozzi, who scored 26 points on Friday, skipped the rest of the contest with an illness.
Naples 57, Marymount 17: Saturday at Marymount International School of Rome, Ryheam Trahan scored a game-high 16 points as Naples coasted to a 10-0 record and a one-game lead over Sigonella in the league race.
Naples is to travel to arch-rival Aviano (7-3) this weekend.
Kaiserslautern 70, Baumholder 52: Friday at Kaiserslautern, Derryk Scarvers broke loose for 25 points and 11 assists to help the Red Raiders improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Region II going into Tuesday’s return match at Baumholder.