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Brussels' Katie Weatherbie, right, attempts to deny the baseline to Lajes guard Kelly Boxley during the Lady Brigands' 35-12 conquest of Lajes in a Division IV first-round game Wednesday in Schwetzingen, Germany. The game was one of 50 games played at six sites in the Mannheim-Heidelberg area on the first day of the European Division I, II, III and IV tournaments for boys and girls.

Brussels' Katie Weatherbie, right, attempts to deny the baseline to Lajes guard Kelly Boxley during the Lady Brigands' 35-12 conquest of Lajes in a Division IV first-round game Wednesday in Schwetzingen, Germany. The game was one of 50 games played at six sites in the Mannheim-Heidelberg area on the first day of the European Division I, II, III and IV tournaments for boys and girls. (Rusty Bryan / S&S)

Brussels' Katie Weatherbie, right, attempts to deny the baseline to Lajes guard Kelly Boxley during the Lady Brigands' 35-12 conquest of Lajes in a Division IV first-round game Wednesday in Schwetzingen, Germany. The game was one of 50 games played at six sites in the Mannheim-Heidelberg area on the first day of the European Division I, II, III and IV tournaments for boys and girls.

Brussels' Katie Weatherbie, right, attempts to deny the baseline to Lajes guard Kelly Boxley during the Lady Brigands' 35-12 conquest of Lajes in a Division IV first-round game Wednesday in Schwetzingen, Germany. The game was one of 50 games played at six sites in the Mannheim-Heidelberg area on the first day of the European Division I, II, III and IV tournaments for boys and girls. (Rusty Bryan / S&S)

Alconbury's Katie Schoner sets a pick on Iceland defender Tierra Lewis, allowing Alconbury center Nikita Webb (14) a path to the basket Wednesday during the Lady Dragons' 44-12 European Division IV victory.

Alconbury's Katie Schoner sets a pick on Iceland defender Tierra Lewis, allowing Alconbury center Nikita Webb (14) a path to the basket Wednesday during the Lady Dragons' 44-12 European Division IV victory. (Rusty Bryan / S&S)

(Scores of Wednesday's games at end of story)

MANNHEIM, Germany — After six years, there will be a new boys Division I basketball champion.

The Heidelberg Lions, who have won the past five European Division I titles, fell to fifth-seeded Würzburg 44-43 and fourth-seeded Kaiserslautern 45-32 on Wednesday’s first day of play and fell out of title contention.

“We tried to do something that they weren’t used to,” said Kaiserslautern coach Clinton Robinson after his Red Raiders frustrated Heidelberg with a stall that consumed the final 2:55 of the first quarter and most of the second quarter.

K-town, which led 7-4 after the opening quarter, attempted only one field goal in the second quarter, a three-pointer by Quentin Strawder, but still outscored the Lions 7-6 in the period. The Red Raiders then put the game away with a 14-8 run over the first 5:50 of the third quarter, largely on the scoring of Jamal Anene.

Anene had a game-high 14 points, all in the second half.

Clinton Robinson III, the coach’s son, put the final nail in the Lions’ coffin, dropping in a long three that made the score 35-27 with 2:25 left.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Anene.

The game was a must-win for each team after each had lost to surprising Würzburg earlier in the day.

Würzburg’s Justin Gennings hit the game-winning free throw in the victory over Heidelberg, a shot in the final 10 seconds that gave the Wolves their first lead of the day.

“We kept our composure and fought back,” said Würzburg coach Allen Archie, whose team earned a spot in Thursday’s semifinals.

The Wolves had earlier defeated K-town 54-51, again taking control late in the game. Würzburg’s Jonathan Ortiz scored 15 points against Heidelberg and 14 against K-town. Soo Soo Taulellei scored a game-high 16 against K-town.

Next up for the Wolves is a 6:30 p.m. semifinal Thursday against the runner-up among Ramstein, Wiesbaden, International School of Brussels and Lakenheath; K-town will take on the champion of that pool. The title game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday.

For all its success on Wednesday, Würzburg isn’t taking anything for granted.

“We’ve got a lot of tournament left,” Archie said.

The girls’ Division I tournament produced nothing like the drama of the boys’ event, with Heidelberg’s 31-24 upset of defending D-1 champion Lakenheath topping the list.

In the other tournaments, the Naples and Aviano boys and girls went unbeaten in early play; as did Hanau, Mannheim and Vilseck. There were no Division III games Wednesday, and the Alconbury and Brussels boys and girls went unbeaten early in Division IV.

Play resumes at 9 a.m. Thursday.

European basketball championships

MANNHEIM, Germany — First-day pool-play results Wednesday from the European Division I, II, III and IV high school basketball tournaments which end Saturday:

Boys

Division I

Würzburg 54, Kaiserslautern 51

Würzburg 44, Heidelberg 43

Ramstein 53, Wiesbaden 47

International School of Brussels 49, Lakenheath 44

Wiesbaden 60, ISB 51

Kaiserslautern 45, Heidelberg 32

Division II

Naples 69, AFNORTH 46

Vilseck 41, Bitburg 40 (OT)

Aviano 59, SHAPE 54

Black Forest Academy 62, Patch 40

Mannheim 55, SHAPE 39

Hanau 50, AFNORTH 10

Aviano vs. Patch, late

Mannheim vs. BFA, late

Hanau vs. Bitburg, late

Division III

No games scheduled

Division IV

Menwith Hill 51, Livorno 44

Brussels 49, Incirlik 34

Alconbury 42, Ankara 41

Iceland 41, Milan 17

Brussels 40, Menwith Hill 26

Incirlik 64, Livorno 40

Iceland vs. Alconbury, late

Ankara vs. Milan, late.

Girls

Division I

Ramstein 42, ISB 37

Heidelberg 31, Lakenheath 24

Würzburg 38, Wiesbaden 35

Kaiserslautern 30, ISB 27

Lakenheath 33, Würzburg 15

Heidelberg vs. Wiesbaden, late

Kaisersalutern vs. Ramstein, late

Division II

Naples 43, Black Forest Academy 26

AFNORTH 32, Patch 29

Vilseck 41, SHAPE 36

Aviano 33, Bitburg 29

Hanau 44, SHAPE 29

Mannheim 55, BFA 20

Naples vs. Patch, late

Hanau vs. Aviano, late

Mannheim vs. AFNORTH, late

Division III

No games scheduled

Division IV

Alconbury 55, Milan 14

Incirlik 33, Iceland 30 (2OT)

Menwith Hill 27, Ankara 11

Brussels 35, Lajes 12

Alconbury 44, Iceland 12

Incirlik vs. Milan, late

Brussels vs. Menwith Hill, late

Ankara vs. Lajes, late


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