USAREUR hoop tourney moves into final day
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Just two Southern Region teams remain alive in the 2003 Army-Europe basketball tournament, with three of the four quarterfinals completed Saturday afternoon.
Results of the last quarterfinal were unavailable at press time.
The Ansbach men, the Southern region’s top seed, advanced to the semifinals when the North’s No. 4, Hanau, was unable to play here. The Cougars were to play North No. 2 Mannheim in a late semifinal on Saturday.
Mannheim’s men eliminated South No. 3 Stuttgart 104-83 and North No. 3 SHAPE bounced South No. 2 Schweinfurt 83-79. That left South No. 4 Kitzingen faced with the task of conquering North No. 1 Heidelberg in Saturday’s last quarterfinal in order to avoid a 3-1 North edge in Saturday’s semis.
Heidelberg earned its Northern Region top seed by edging three-time defending champion Mannheim 90-88 in Friday’s pool-play finale, and the winner of the Heidelberg-Kitzingen game was to take on SHAPE in Saturday’s other semifinal.
Saturday’s semifinal losers meet in a third-place game at noon Sunday at the Fieldhouse here; the winners tip-off for the championship at 4 p.m.
In the women’s tournament, top seeds Heidelberg and Kitzingen drew byes into the semifinals of the six-team tournament.
Kitzingen earned its bye with a 52-51 victory over Vilseck in Friday’s pool-play finale.
The loss left Vilseck to face North No. 2 Mannheim in Saturday’s opener, and the defending Army-Europe champion Lady Mustangs sent Vilseck packing 81-54. South No. 2 Ansbach eliminated North No. 3 Kaiserslautern 72-62 on Saturday, leaving the Lady Cougars to take on Heidelberg and Mannheim to face Kitzingen in the women’s semis.
The survivors of those games will play for the women’s championship at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the women’s third-place game scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Fieldhouse here.