SIGONELLA, Italy -- The Sigonella Jaguars, who’ll be contending for the European Division III title next month at Mannheim, rode a 27-16 fourth-quarter run Saturday to down the Aviano Saints, 59-56, and complete a two-game sweep of the two-time defending European Division II champions.
All-Europe senior guard Larry Stevenson led the scoring parade for Sigonella with 20 points; his teammate Chris McKissick chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Aviano, blitzed from the moment the Saints got off the bus Friday in an 80-68 Sigonella victory, led 40-32 going into Saturday’s final period. But the Jaguars, who posted 23- and 22-point stanzas to open the home stand on Friday, broke loose for 27 in the final period of the weekend to up their unbeaten record to 8-0 and keep pace with unbeaten Naples atop the Region IV standings.
Sigonella faces a road test this weekend at the American Overseas School of Rome before hosting winless Florence the following Friday and Saturday. They then are scheduled for a regular-season finale at Naples on Feb. 11-12.
Zach Erskine and Myron McRae each scored 14 points on Saturday for Aviano (5-3). Andrew Bert canned two 3-pointers to account for half of his 12 points, but the Saints fell a 3-ball short of catching the Jags. On Friday, Bert and Erskine each sank three treys.
Next up for Aviano are games at Milan. The Saints then are scheduled to host Naples on Feb. 4-5 in a must-win matchup to stay in the league race.
In other boys’ games of note:
Naples 67, Vicenza 38: Saturday at Naples, Ryheam Trahan capped a monster scoring weekend with 31 points as the Wildcats went to 8-0. Trahan scored 20 points in a 68-47 victory on Friday.
Jun Jun Gallardo backed up Trahan with 15 points on Saturday; Eddy Allen added 11 and Nigel Alexander 10 for Naples on Friday.
Naples is scheduled to host Marymount International School of Rome (2-4 going into the weekend) before closing out on the road at Aviano on Feb. 4-5 and at home the following weekend against Sigonella.
Vicenza (2-6), which got a team-high 15 points on Saturday from Gary Donald, is to host Florence this weekend.
Heidelberg 62, Black Forest Academy 33: Saturday at Heidelberg, Marcel Simon and Stirling Thomas each scored 14 points to help the Lions (8-0, 6-0 in Region III) remain unbeaten.
Thomas chalked up four steals and three assists; Eugene Jones, who struck for a game-high 16 points in Friday night’s 60-31 triumph, handed out five assists on Saturday.
Next up for Heidelberg, the European Division I runners-up the past two seasons, is a showdown Friday and Saturday against visiting Bamberg with the Region III lead on the line. Bamberg was unbeaten going into Saturday’s non-regional game at Mannheim.
BFA (3-2, 2-2), which was playing for the first time since Dec. 11, got 14 points from Anthony Purpero.
Patch 49, Hohenfels 34: Saturday at Stuttgart, the Panthers shut down Hohenfels’ All-Europe guard Jamie Tompkins for the second straight game to claim a Region III sweep of the visiting Tigers.
Tompkins, a 20-points-per-game scorer, managed just single-digit outings this weekend, scoring just five points in Saturday’s 40-38 loss. Hohenfels (3-5, 1-3) trailed just 27-26 at the end of three quarters, but couldn’t close the gap.
Next up for Patch (4-4, 4-2) are games at home against Ansbach on Friday and at Ansbach on Saturday.
Hohenfels is to host Black Forest Academy on Friday and Saturday.