Naples leapfrogs Aviano for first place in ASIL
NAPLES, Italy — The Naples boys handed visiting Aviano its first two losses of the season on Friday and Saturday and vaulted into first place in the American Schools in Italy League standings.
On Friday, Mark Pearyer, Andrew McClure and Rashawn Lynch each scored in double figures in an 80-46 rout that left both teams with 10-1 records. On Saturday, the Wildcats prevailed 68-61 to take a one-game lead.
Aviano fell into a second-place tie with Sigonella (10-2).
Saturday’s victory, which came despite 33 points from Aviano’s Dustin Miller, gave Naples a leg up for the automatic berth in the European Division III tournament awarded to the league’s regular-season champion. Naples closes out its regular season on Friday and Saturday at Vicenza; Aviano will host Sigonella in a do-or-die series for each team.
Jaguars split road dates
CAMP DARBY, Italy — Trent Fowler made a 10-foot jumper with eight seconds to play Friday night that sealed a 46-43 victory for Livorno over visiting Sigonella.
Fowler’s shot capped the Lions’ rally from a 26-22 halftime deficit. Fowler scored nine points, while teammates Dominic Rios scored 11 and Ryan Pogue 10.
Sigonella (10-2), behind 20 points from Jose Peralta and 14 by Josh Mendoza, rebounded for a 66-50 victory Saturday.
Wiesbaden, K-town tied
WIESBADEN, Germany — Robert Edwards drove for a basket with six seconds remaining to give the Wiesbaden Warriors a 50-49 victory over the Kaiserslautern Red Raiders on Saturday.
Edwards’ layup left the teams tied for second place in the Division I standings with 5-3 conference records. They are 2½ games behind unbeaten Heidelberg, which got a second straight weekend off when snow kept its scheduled opponent, Lakenheath, stranded in England.
Hanau, SHAPE split
HANAU, Germany — A total of five points separated Division II leader Hanau and defending European D-II champion SHAPE in a weekend split.
On Friday, Hanau withstood a 20-point SHAPE rally in the fourth quarter to escape with a 58-56 victory.
On Saturday, SHAPE claimed a 56-53 victory when Dee Jones made a half-court three-pointer at the buzzer.
Jones had 25 points and 19 rebounds for SHAPE (6-4).
Hanau (8-2) closes out its season on the road at Bitburg and AFNORTH; SHAPE hosts Mannheim (6-3) and Vilseck (4-6).
Bobcats pin first loss on Brigands
HIGH WYCOMBE, England — Kirk Warrior and Jesse Ditter each scored 14 points Saturday as London Central handed Brussels its first loss of the season, 54-39.
Brussels, which won its ninth game without a loss 51-44 Friday night behind 23 points from Vernon Fowler, clinched the Division III-North regular-season crown despite Saturday’s loss. The Brigands are two games ahead of London Central (7-3), and close out the regular season Friday and Saturday at winless Alconbury.
London Central entertains Menwith Hill, which improved to 4-6 Friday and Saturday with a sweep of Alconbury.
All four III-North clubs will be joined by Iceland, Rota and Lajes Feb. 12-14 at Alconbury in the III-North qualifying tournament where both III-North berths in the European Division III event in Mannheim the following week will be at stake.
Ansbach, Bamberg split
Home-court provided no advantage in the III-South showdown between two-time defending European Division II champion Bamberg and Ansbach.
On Friday, Ansbach got off to a 22-8 start at Bamberg and cruised to a 59-47 victory fueled by 27 points from Russell Bailey to move into a tie with Bamberg for the league lead at 6-1. On Saturday at Ansbach, Bamberg rallied from a 21-19 third-quarter deficit to claim a 28-27 victory that put the Barons a game ahead in the league race with a 7-1 conference mark.