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London Central’s Danny Melville drives past Sigonella’s Chris Cerame in a Division III in an opening-round tournament game on Thursday in Mannheim, Germany. London Central defeated Sigonella 57-51.

London Central’s Danny Melville drives past Sigonella’s Chris Cerame in a Division III in an opening-round tournament game on Thursday in Mannheim, Germany. London Central defeated Sigonella 57-51. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

London Central’s Danny Melville drives past Sigonella’s Chris Cerame in a Division III in an opening-round tournament game on Thursday in Mannheim, Germany. London Central defeated Sigonella 57-51.

London Central’s Danny Melville drives past Sigonella’s Chris Cerame in a Division III in an opening-round tournament game on Thursday in Mannheim, Germany. London Central defeated Sigonella 57-51. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Sigonella's Mike Petty, left, tries to stop London Central's Frank Augusto.

Sigonella's Mike Petty, left, tries to stop London Central's Frank Augusto. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

(List of scores at bottom of story)

MANNHEIM, Germany — The Ramstein Royals were hoping the third time would be the charm when they squared off against cross-town rival Kaiserslautern in Thursday night’s late semifinal game of the boys’ European Division I basketball tournament.

The second-seeded Royals advanced after going 3-0 in pool play, setting up the game against Kaiserslautern, runner-up in the other bracket. K-town has beaten Ramstein on the court twice this season, although the Royals were awarded a victory via forfeiture when an ineligibile player slipped through pregame checks for the second game.

“We’re playing the best we have all year,” said Ramstein coach Len Tarnowski after the Royals closed out the pool-play portion of the tournament Thursday morning with a 55-37 victory over sixth-seeded International School of Brussels. “We’ve been focused right off the bat so far.”

Ste’phan James scored 13 points, Allen Weaver had 10, Whitney McCloud nine, and Brennan Relaford and Marquiston Showers eight each against ISB. The Royals had earlier beaten Wiesbaden 53-47 and Lakenheath 52-31. Kaiserslautern finished 1-1 in its pool play, including a big win, 45-32, Wednesday against five-time defending champion Heidelberg.

“This is the third time we’ve played them. Let’s hope we’ve learned something,” Tarnowski said.

The game was scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m., after this edition of Stars and Stripes went to press. Thursday’s other semifinal pitted Würzburg against Wiesbaden.

Wiesbaden tops Lakenheath: Justin King scored 21 points Thursday morning, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Lancers (1-2) from elimination from the Division I event.

Robert Edwards paced Wiesbaden (2-1) with 12 points as the Warrriors finished second in their bracket and will play Würzburg (2-0), winner of the other bracket.

Hanau escapes Bitburg: Guard Malcolm Lane scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both game highs, as top-seeded Hanau defeated No. 7 Bitburg 50-48 in overtime Wednesday. Ivan James contributed six steals as Hanau rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to force the extra period.

Mannheim rallies past BFA: Jamal Womble scored 23 points as third-seeded Mannheim outscored No. 6 Black Forest Academy 17-11 over the game’s final seven minutes to claim a 44-40 victory that left the Bison at 2-0 at the end of Day 1 in the Division II event. BFA fell to 1-1.

Rota, Hohenfels get Div. III started: Third-seeded Rota downed Giessen 59-36 and Hohenfels edged Vicenza 60-59 Thursday as the Division III tournament got under way. Top-seeded Ansbach and second-seeded Bamberg will join the Division III bracket Friday when the tourney goes to an eight-team single-elimination format.

Brussels stays perfect in Division IV: Brussels edged Livorno 48-46 Thursday to improve its record in the boys Division IV event to 3-0.

Tourney scores

Late first-day results Wednesday and early results Thursday from the European Divisions I, II, III and IV high school basketball tournaments which end Saturday (pool-play games are 7-minute quarters; semifinals and finals are 8-minute quarters):

Thursday’s games

Division I

Pool play

Wiesbaden 48, Lakenheath 42

Ramstein 55, International School of Brussels 37

Semifinals

Würzburg vs. Wiesbaden, late

Ramstein vs. Kaiserslautern, late

Division II

Mannheim 67, Patch 59

Hanau 52, Vilseck 42

Black Forest Academy 55, SHAPE 38

Naples 48, Bitburg 37

Aviano 53, Mannheim 40

Vilseck 45, AFNORTH 31

Patch 59, SHAPE 46

Hanau vs. Naples, late

Bitburg vs. AFNORTH, late

Aviano vs. BFA, late

Division III

Hohenfels 60, Vicenza 59

Rota 59, Giessen 36

London Central 69, Sigonella 51

Hohenfels 46, American Overseas School of Rome 33

Giessen 46, Marymount 30

Sigonella vs. Baumholder, late

Vicenza vs. AOSR, late

Rota vs. Marymount, late

London Central vs. Baumholder, late

Division IV

Brussels 48, Livorno 46

Iceland 47, Ankara 44 (OT)

Alconbury 48, Milan 17

Semifinals

Brussels vs. Alconbury, late

Iceland vs.Menwith Hill, late

Wednesday’s late results

Division II

Aviano 67, Patch 51

Mannheim 44, Black Forest Academy 40

Hanau 50, Bitburg 48 (OT)

Division IV

Iceland 61, Alconbury 45

Ankara 41, Milan 15


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