Unbeaten Heidelberg takes a pair
Marcel Simon maintained his three-ball stroke Saturday to help the unbeaten Heidelberg Lions to a 63-43Region III road victory over the Hohenfels Tigers.
Simon canned four shots from behind the arc en route to a game-high 17 points in a contest which Heidelberg, a Division I school, opened with a 17-4 first-quarter run against the defending European D-II champions. He also led his team with seven rebounds.
Marcel Simon’s twin brother, Maurice, added 16 points and five rebounds, and Wayne Dawkins chipped in 14 points and three rebounds to lift the Lions to a weekend road sweep that left the defending D-I champs 6-0 overall and in the region. Marcel Simon scored 14 points and sank three treys in Friday’s 50-32 victory.
Hohenfels fell to 0-8, 0-6 despite the efforts Gilbert Pinckney, whose game-high double-double – 17 points and 14 rebounds – was most of the Tigers’ production on Friday. Saturday, Pinckney posted 11 rebounds and four steals to go along with nine points. Devon Fluker topped the Hohenfels score sheet on Saturday with 14 points.
In other boys’ games of note:
AFNORTH 70, Bitburg 55: Saturday at Bitburg, Jake Schmidt and Westin McKinney took care of the paint as AFNORTH completed a non-regional sweep that upped the Lions’ record to 8-1.
“The inside game of AFNORTH made the difference,” emailed Bitburg coach Chris Howard on Saturday, “as Schmidt and McKinney shut down the lanes and controlled the offensive game of Bitburg.”
In addition to exercising all that control, Schmidt, who scored 20 points, collected nine rebounds and McKinney, who finished with 12 points, grabbed a game-high 10 caroms to pace the Lions.
AFNORTH’s Oguzhan Yabici topped all scored with 21 points.
Saturday’s game, which AFNORTH broke open with a 24-15 second-quarter run that produced a 41-27 halftime edge, was a complete turnaround from Friday night’s 50-45 AFNORTH victory.
According to Howard, the lead in that one changed hands three times in the game’s final three minutes before the Lions were able to put the victory away.
ISB 57, SHAPE 42: Saturday at Mons, Belgium, the visiting Raiders rode a Marshall Kantos double-double – 14 points and 11 rebounds – to the victory and complete a home-and-home Region I big-schools sweep.
Vinny Culotta, who handed out five assists and blocked two shots, topped the ISB score sheet on Saturday with 19 points to help ISB improve to 4-3 overall and 3-3 against the region’s Division I and II schools.
Friday, Tim Overeem led the way in ISB’s 56-36 home-court victory with 27 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Saturday, he added eight rebounds and three steals to ISB’s cause.
Conner Manning, with a game-high 22 points on Saturday, couldn’t keep SHAPE from falling to 1-7 and 0-4 in the big-schools standings.
Ramstein 57, Black Forest Academy 39: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Royals, behind 13 points from Virgil Sneed and 12 from All-Europe senior DeVonte’ Allen, completed a two-game road sweep.The victory, coupled with Friday’s 48-40 verdict at BFA, increased Ramstein’s Region II lead to two games heading into the final four weeks of the regular season. The defending European D-I runners-up are 5-2 overall but 5-0 in league play. BFA fell to 2-4, 2-4.