BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Home or away made no difference Friday and Saturday for the Mannheim Bison and Lady Bison.

Playing at home on Friday, Mannheim’s girls prevailed, 40-22; Saturday at Baumholder they won, 50-22.

Things went even better for the Mannheim boys, who took an 0-4 overall record into their Region II openers but came out on top, 63-50, Friday at home and 54-47 Saturday in Baumholder.

Four Bison reached double-figure scoring Friday’s romp, according to Mannheim coach David Brown. He credited Aaron Garrison with 19 points, Sam Rosario with 12, Brandon Wiley with 11 points and 15 rebounds and Aaron Clarke with 10 points. Rosario contributed five assists and four steals to the victory.

Saturday’s game was an aggressive one, Brown wrote in a Sunday E-mail.

“More charges were called in a high school basketball games than I can ever remember seeing,” he wrote after his team improved its record to 2-4 overall but, more importantly, 2-0 in Region II.

Rosario scored 13, Garrison 12 and Wiley, who posted his 3rd straight double-double with 15 rebounds, 10 in Saturday’s victory, which saw Mannheim overcome a 21-11 first-quarter deficit. Brown E-mailed that Mannheim took control with a 20-4 second-quarter run sparked by a 3-point play by Rosario to end the first quarter.

“Once we got the lead,” Brown continued, “we never lost it.”

Alex Johnson of Baumholer scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the final period, Brown reported, “but Baumholder couldn’t get the stops they needed.”

Next up for the Bison boys is a Wednesday-night home game against Kaiserslautern. Mannheim’s boys and girls then play at K-town on Friday.

Mannheim’s girls posted their large-margin triumphs in spite of a combined 39 rebounds and 37 points by the Lady Bucs’ Dionna Marcus. Brittany Hyde topped Mannheim’s scoring list on Friday with 12 points; Infinity Baisden led the Lady Bison’s scoring parade on Saturday with 16.

Mannheim’s girls will take a 4-2 overall and 2-0 Region II mark into their next game, Tuesday against visiting Kaiserslautern. Baumholder (0-7, 0-2), along with the Baumholder boys, is scheduled to host winless Bitburg on Friday and travel to Bitburg on Saturday.

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