Easing into this weekend’s showdown at Naples, the Sigonella Jaguars overwhelmed the visiting International School of Florence, 65-16, Friday and 56-12 Saturday.
Sigonella, which will compete in Division III in the DODDS-Europe basketball tournament Feb. 23-26, will take an 11-1 record to Naples, a D-II school. The host Wildcats, who improved to 12-0 with a weekend sweep of Aviano, will need to win just one of the two games against Sigonella to go to tournament as regional champion. A Sigonella sweep would hand the Jaguars the league crown.
Sigonella, which lost its only game of the season, 71-70, at the American Overseas School of Rome on Jan. 27, tuned up for the showdown by exercising players less decorated than its returning All-European, Larry Stevenson.
Friday, Angel Jackson’s double-double — 10 points and 10 rebounds — led the Jags, who burst out to a 22-2 first-quarter lead and slowed the pace thereafter. Stevenson contented himself by making four steals in that game.
Saturday, Michael Mink took game-scoring honors with 19 points; Stevenson struck for 12, along with handing out four assists.
In other boys games of note:
Kaiserslautern 59, Bitburg 47: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Red Raiders (9-1 overall, 6-0 in Region II) stretched their winning streak to nine games behind some startling double-figure production — 29 points and 17 rebounds by Thomas Russ, 14 rebounds from Bernard Burwell and 14 assists by Derryk Scarvers.
The victory was the third of the week for Kaiserslautern, which hasn’t lost since dropping an 89-70 verdict to Heidelberg on Dec. 3.
Friday, Burwell joined Russ in double-double territory, 20 points and 14 rebounds in Kaiserslautern’s 76-45 road victory at Bitburg (now 3-8 overall and 1-7 in the region). Russ posted 15 points and 11 rebounds in that one.
Ramstein 82, Mannheim 53: Friday at Mannheim, DeVonte Allen and Thomas Amrine each scored more than 20 point in the Region II victory.
Allen led the way with 26 points, Amrine struck for 22, and the two teamed with 13-point scorer Jarrod Henry to burn Mannheim with a combined 11 successful 3-point attempts.
The two-time defending European D-I champion Royals (8-2 overall, 5-1 in Region II) topped SHAPE, 60-27, in a late non-Regional game Saturday.
Patch 37, Black Forest Academy 30: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Panthers (8-4 overall) stretched their Region III mark to 8-2 by completing a road sweep.
Patch, which won at BFA 53-33 Friday, overcame their hosts’ Saturday slowdown game behind 18 points from Dylan Measells.
TASIS-England 48, Lakenheath 43: Saturday at Lakenheath, Brinsely Walker chalked up 14 points and 19 rebounds, but the Lancers (2-9 overall) were unable to maintain the two-game winning streak they began the previous weekend at SHAPE.
The game, however, was a vast improvement over the 67-28 defeat the Lancers endured when they played TASIS-England on Jan. 15.