USAFE basketball title up for grabs

Airman 1st Class Edward Drescher
Kaiserslautern American

The defending U.S. Air Forces in Europe basketball champion Ramstein Rams have traveled to Spangdahlem to try to defend their title and earn a spot in the Final Four for the second straight year.

In what turned out to be a rematch of last year’s championship game, Ramstein kicked off this year’s tournament by defeating the Lakenheath Eagles 104-83. Rams guard Corey Dixon led the way by netting 23 points, all in the second half.

Ramstein’s second game was a setback as they were handled fairly easily by the Mildenhall Marauders 93-73.

In a late game on Tuesday Ramstein bounced back in a big way. Obviously fired up after their loss, the Rams took it out on Aviano en route to a 91-53 victory.

Ramstein kicked the game off on a 21-4 run and never looked back. The Rams were led by Charles Scott, who led all scorers with 26 points.

All pool play games have been completed and the tournament is underway. The women’s champion will be crowned today at 1 p.m. and the men’s title will be claimed at 3 p.m.

The top two men’s and women’s team will get the chance to advance to the U.S. Forces Europe Final Four, which will be held at Vogelweh.