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SHAPE and Baumholder dominated in conference sweeps Friday and Saturday, remaining unbeaten and on a collision course in Division II-North.

SHAPE, behind the defense of Michael Konidaris and Kael Richardson and the scoring of George Konidaris and Robert Kearney, defeated Bitburg 57-40 and 63-30; Baumholder beat AFNORTH 71-48 and 78-51.

SHAPE and Baumholder, the only remaining unbeaten boys squads in Europe, each take on a Division III-North opponent this weekend before meeting Feb. 9-10 in Baumholder.

SHAPE 57-63, Bitburg 40-30: On Friday at SHAPE, Belgium, George Konidaris scored 19 points, Kearney added 15 and Michael Konidaris made six steals to propel the Spartans. All the steals, along with four by Richardson, came in the second half and fueled 8-0 and 10-0 runs that allowed SHAPE to expand its 23-18 halftime lead.

On Saturday, George Konidaris again was the high scorer with 11 points.

According to coach Steve Richardson, defensive pressure from the Konidaris brothers and Kael Richardson forced 17 turnovers as the Spartans improved to 8-0 (4-0 in conference play).

Baumholder 71-78, AFNORTH 48-51: At Baumholder, coach Spencer Bean’s reserves got plenty of playing time and some key players hit their offensive stride as the Bucs improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in II-North.

On Friday, “All 12 players on our roster scored,” Bean wrote in an e-mail. “The starters came out two minutes into the second half, and my second unit did a great job of maintaining the lead.”

Baumholder’s C.J. Roberts and AFNORTH’s Jordan McCleland led all scorers with 18 points apiece; Baumholder’s LaCross Gray added eight points.

On Saturday, AFNORTH’s Leonard Frederick scored a game-high 22 points as “AFNORTH did a good job of keeping it close early in the game,” Bean wrote. “They were hitting big shots and rebounding well.”

Baumholder’s True Davis scored 20 points, and the Bucs expanded a 39-22 halftime lead with their reserves.

AFNORTH’s Anthony Poole blocked a total of 16 shots in the two losses.

In other boys games of note:

Wiesbaden 53, Lakenheath 37: On Friday night at Wiesbaden, the Warriors maintained their perfect Division I record (3-0) behind 12 points and 12 rebounds from Dominique Gowans. Wiesbaden (6-3) plays nonconference games this weekend before closing out the regular season with conference clashes against Heidelberg (2-0 in D-I), Ramstein (3-0 in D-I) and Patch.

Ramstein 61, Patch 26: On Saturday at Ramstein, the Royals pinned their second straight 35-point-courtesy-rule victory on Patch behind 20 points from Scott Sublousky.

A.J. Hawkins, who scored 19 points on Friday, had 13 in the shortened Saturday victory that boosted Ramstein to 9-1 overall.

Ramstein closes its season with conference games at Heidelberg and Wiesbaden and at home against Kaiserslautern.

Hohenfels 58, Ansbach 51: On Friday at Ansbach, B.J. Denson had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and four blocks, and Anthony Marshall had 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to lead the Tigers.

Hohenfels improved to 2-1 in league play, a half-game behind idle Giessen for the III-South lead. Hohenfels plays at Giessen Feb. 9-10.

Snow prevented Ansbach (5-2, 1-2 in III-South) from reaching Hohenfels for a scheduled Saturday game.


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