A boys basketball game between teams out of the race for the Region II title turned into one for the books when Kaiserslautern outgunned Baumholder 101-95 on Wednesday.
"I have been officiating DODDS games over 30 years, and I have never seen or heard of a score as last night," official Tomas Villegas Jr. wrote Thursday morning in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. "There was no defense, but I tell you from the fans’ stand point it was a game [for] the ages."
K-town’s Alex Machado, held to just two points in the game’s first three quarters, scored 20 in the final stanza to fuel a decisive 36-26 K-town run. Three other Red Raiders scored in double figures.
Artrell Davis scored 47 points to lead a Baumholder team effort that also had four players in double figures and 24 team assists, six of them by Christian Fuller, according to Bucs’ coach Spencer Bean.
"I knew we would be able to score points based on how well we’ve played this last month," Bean e-mailed, "but I did not know K-town would be able to shoot as well as they did. We shot 43-for-66 field goals (62.5 percent) and we still lost!"
Bean indicated the game turned on free throws, reporting that his team went 6-for-16 from the line. Kaiserslautern, which won its first Region II game in nine tries, converted 18 of 29.
"We’re usually very solid from the free-throw line," Bean wrote, "but we struggled last night."
Even so, Bean concluded, the Bucs (7-5 overall, 4-5 Region II) nearly kept pace.
"We got down by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter during their run, but we climbed back into it in the last few minutes," he wrote. "With under 30 seconds to go, down by three, Rodney Robinson (who finished with 15 points) had a great look from the corner for a three-point try. The shot looked great, but it hit the back of the rim and K-town controlled the rebound. From there we had to foul and try to play catch-up."
Fuller, who scored 11 points, corralled a game-high 23 rebounds for Baumholder. Teammate Jacob Dooley added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
T.C. Smith added 17 points, Edrick Scarvers scored 16 and Michael Boone contributed 14 for K-town (3-9).
The teams play again Friday night in Kaiserslautern in the final regular-season game for both, and there could be more fireworks.
"I’m excited for the rematch," Bean wrote.