K-town boys’ tight defense makes big difference vs. SHAPE
January 15, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Faced with a halftime challenge from SHAPE, Kaiserslautern was thankful it could fall back on a tireless defense.
“We condition all the time,” Kaiserslautern forward Chris Ferguson said after the Division I Red Raiders held SHAPE of Division II to nine fourth-quarter points while turning a 30-29 halftime deficit into a 62-51 victory on Friday night. “We have a lot of stamina.”
Stamina was a key particularly in the second half after SHAPE had mounted a 15-8 run over the last three minutes of the first half to take the lead.
“We had to focus really hard,” said Ferguson, who came off the bench to score all 14 of his points in the final three periods. “We kept running the whole time.”
The pace paid off in the final quarter, when Kaiserslautern put the game away with a 19-9 run.
“We have no choice but to play nothing but four quarters of defense,” said K-town senior Quintin Strawder, who led all scorers with 20 points. “That guy over there (Coach Brant Tryon) won’t let us do anything else.”
SHAPE, which got 13 points from Michael Konidaris and 10 from Quentin Fowler, surrendered the lead for good with 4:23 left in the third quarter, but managed to hang close until the final eight minutes.
“They’re a good team,” Ferguson said.
The Spartans proved that the following day, downing their third D-1 foe of the season. SHAPE (3-1), which began the season by sweeping Lakenheath at home, won 46-40 on Saturday at Heidelberg behind Fowler’s 17 points.
In other boys’ games of note on the first full weekend of high school sports in 2006:
Würzburg 45, Ramstein 39At Ramstein on Saturday, defending European Division I champion Würzburg, behind 17 points from Donald Bryant and 13 from Soo Soo Talelie, downed the Royals to stay tied atop the Division I standings at 2-0 with Wiesbaden.
Würzburg bounced back from Friday’s 41-34 nonconference loss to the Royals to improve to 4-1 overall. Wiesbaden, which swept games 54-46 and 46-43 on Friday and Saturday at Lakenheath, is 5-1 and 2-0.
Bitburg 61-55, Hanau 55-51At Bitburg, the Barons swept defending Division II European champion Hanau behind Charles Whatley and Nick Brown. Whatley had 15 points on Friday and 16 on Saturday, Brown 14 and 18, respectively.
“These games could have gone either way,” Bitburg coach Lin Hairstone said. “Both teams are fast and played hard. We played well as a team and made fewer mistakes at the end.”
Giessen 86-67, Ansbach 46-26At Giessen, the Griffins, who will play Division IV in the European tournament in February, had no trouble with their first D-3 foe of the season, hammering Ansbach twice to improve to 6-0.
C.J. Battle scored 16 points on Friday and 19 on Saturday, and brother Tim had 14 and 15, respectively, along with 15 rebounds each night. Kevin Breisch added 18 points on Friday and 12 on Saturday for the Griffins.
Mannheim 61-58, Bamberg 58-51At Mannheim, Rickey Gardner had two games to give opponents pause as he led the Bison to a sweep. Gardner had 28 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and three blocks Friday night and 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals on Saturday.
Aviano, Sig extend courtesiesIn Italy, unbeaten powers Aviano and Sigonella made long road trips to collect 40-point courtesy-rule road victories.
Aviano (6-0, 4-0) downed American Overseas School of Rome 62-21 on Friday and 59-19 on Saturday as Mike LeGree, playing about a quarter each day, scored 16 and 19 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, Sigonella (6-0, 3-0) traveled to Milan for victories reported as 60-10 and 53-10.
Rota 46, London Central 27At High Wycombe, England, defending European Division III champion Rota tested DODDS-Europe competition for the first time Friday and ripped London Central. Rota, which spends most of the season taking on Spanish club and base teams, held the hosts to one point in the first quarter.