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1971-1972 Nürnberg Eagles Varsity Basketball team

L To R Back Row: Bernie Davis, Bobby Sledge, Joe Houston, Bob Crosby, Rodney Blackman, Cedric Radford, Howard Williams, Stan Hatcher, Elliot Boyce, Sam Buster, Wally Knight, Deiter Bednarski             L to R Front Row: Billy Dean, Rick Posey

Conference Record: 7 wins – 7 losses

Returning Letterman from ’70-’71: None

Letterman from ’70-’71 Junior Varsity: Rodney Blackman, Rob Crosby, Larry Flowers, Wally Knight

Blue Division Tournament: Sixth Place

In a year filled with highs and lows, the Nürnberg Eagles defeated the Kaiserslautern Red Raiders 60-56 and 44-37 to begin the season.  K-Town, a perennial powerhouse, had their potent offense disrupted by the harassing full court defense of the home team.  Larry Flowers, Howard Williams, Wally Knight, and Stan Hatcher all scored in double figures.

It was, however the last game played by leading scorer, Larry Flowers, as he and his family returned home to the states.

The Eagles continued their winning ways in Munich by downing the Mustangs twice the following weekend in Southern Bavaria. Sam Buster scored 17 points, and Bob Crosby pulled down 13 rebounds.  On Saturday, Buster dropped in 15 points, while Stan Hatcher added 14 to go along with his 14 rebounds.

Nürnberg’s winning streak was extended to five games in Stuttgart by mid January, but the Stallions prevailed in Saturday’s contest handing the Green and White their first loss.  Wally Knight lead the way on Friday with 20 points.  Stan JHatcher added 17, Rodney Blackman 15, and Howard Williams 11.  On Saturday, Knight had 16, Hatcher 12, Williams 11 and Bernard Davis added 10 points.

In Bitburg, the Green and White split two games with the Barons.  Sam Buster hit a 16 foot shot with 21 seconds to give the Eagles a 52-50 come from behind victory.  Hatcher lead the way with 17 and Williams followed with 12 points.

At home, Rodney Blackman dropped in an eight foot jumper with 11 seconds remaining to steal a 49-48 victory from Wiesbaden w ho prevailed 62-54 on Friday.  The Eagles finished the season by losing close weekend contests to Frankfurt and Mannheim.

Of the 17 games played, 13 were decided by 8 points or less.  Nürnberg won six of those close, exciting contest with a team that started only one senior, three juniors, and a sophomore.

Hatcher lead the team in both scoring and rebounding for the season while Williams was second in both categories.

Stan Hatcher and Howard Williams were nominated for the Stars & Stripes Athlete o the year for their performances during the year. Each athlete represented Nürnberg in three sports.


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