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Albert Schweitzer Tournament


When it comes to top class junior basketball, nothing comes close to the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Manheim. Combine March Madness, the NBA Play –off Final and Euroleague Final Four, that is what the legendary Albert Schweitzer tournament is for junior basketball in Europe. Yesterday 16 National U18 teams from all over the world started competing in the 26th edition of the tournament. Future Stars will be providing regular updates from each day of the competition throughout the tournament (07.04.12 - 14.04.12)

Read below the reports from each day of the tournament so far. Click to see the full reports of competition of that day.

Day 1      Day 2      Day 3      Day 4       Day 5      Day 6       Day 7


Round up of Day 7 performances from Albert Schweitzer Tournament (14.04.12)

France v USA

France USA U18 BasketballU.S. boys clinch seventh place
On the final day of Albert Schweitzer Tournament play the U.S. were able to clinch the seventh place in placement round. France, never really found a defensive strategy against the Americans‘ fastbreaks came up short 81-87 (17-19, 26-29, 14-19, 24-20).
As early as nine o‘clock in the morning France nor the U.S. showed any signs of not being willing to give it their best in the game for seventh place. The Europeans jump-started for a quick double-digit lead, before the guys from overseas struck back en route to control the pace of this contest (17-19, 10.). Due to the fact that head coach Butch Estes‘ troops did take good care of the ball, did not commit too many turnovers and held on to the lead going into intermission (43-48, 20.).
In the third period France ran several nice sets on offense, but did a poor job in transition, leaving just enough room for the U.S. to get easy run-outs and multiple open layups (57-67, 30.). Led by guard sensation Boris Dallo France initiated a quick run to cut the deficit down to two midway through the fourth quarter (69-71, 35.). It was Dallo who would miss on a dunk that would have made it a one point game, instead the U.S. hit a long three pointer to pull away en route to clinch seventh place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament.
Michineau (0), Dallo (9), Racine (15), Plas (dnp), Harley (9), Couzigou (0), Thomas (18), Toneguzzo (4), Chassang (1), Meri (0), Jaiteh (25), Pesquerei (0)
Curtis (0), Smith (8), Hartman (5), Clark (4), Walton Jr. (20), Bryan (5), Hicks (11), Nichols (10), Harris (3), Haney Jr. (11), Willis (10)


Italy v Russia

Italy Russia U18 BasketballHigh five for Italy
Thanks to a strong third quarter performance Italy clinched this year‘s fifth place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament with a 69-68 (13-20, 20-23, 23-10, 13-15) win over Russia. Mirco Turel showed up big, scoring 20 points for the European squad.
Italy, who scored a perfect preliminary round (3-0) and had to swallow two bitter pills during the qualifying round, was eager to finish strong and clinch the fifth overall place. Russia‘s U18 National Team, led by sharp shooter Mikhail Kulagin, had other plans, starting strong into the game to take an early lead (13-20, 10.). The squad from Southern Europe tried to take advantage of their big bodies inside the paint, but fell behind by double digits instead (33-43, 20.).
In the third quarter Italy finally found a rhythm on offense, closing the gap right before the end of the quarter to make this a close one (56-53, 30.). From that point on it was a close race until the end, when Kulagin did not hold on to a lose ball, that ended up in Italy‘s hands to seal the deal.
Bianchi (2), Bartoli (3), Candussi (8), Procacci (6), Turel (20), De Angelis (4), Imbro (15), Fontecchio (9), Di Prampero (0), Benvenuti (0), Tessitori (dnp), Pipitone (2)
Kashin (), Martynov (), Krippa (), Kulagin (), Annaev (), Krechetov (), Gankevich (), Ilnitskiy (), Bogdanov (), Kilikov (), Desyatnikov (), Kanygin ()


Turkey v Germany

Turkey Germany U18 BasketballFeisty Turks earn bronze
Germany has lost the bronze medal game at the 26th edition of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Led by Gavin Schilling and Dominic Lockhart with 15 points and 7 rebounds each, the hosts lost 85-90 (23-21, 22-18, 20-17, 20-35) to Turkey in front of 2.000 spectators at the MWS Arena in Mannheim.
In a rematch of their qualifying round clash both teams wasted no time to underline their will to end victorious – or at least with a bronze medal around their necks. Germany had a strong start, fuelled by a Ismet Akpinar triple and a Gavin Schilling dunk, the hosts took the topside of the scoreboard early (15-12, 7.). Turkey did not fall behind much, but found no defensive scheme to stop Akpinar and Co. score couple easy scoops in transition (23-21, 10.).
Turkey did a good job attacking their opponent inside the paint as well as from beyond the arc. After a triple made it 25-29 (13.), Germany went on for a 9-0 run. During that stretch reserve guard Dominic Lockhart hit a contested three pointer and a pair of freebies (34-29, 15.). Another Akpinar three extended the lead to eight points (41-33, 18.), making sure the momentum was with the feisty bunch donning the black, red and gold (45-38, 20.).
With more accuracy from deep Turkey struck back to close the gap midway through the third, as Kay Blümel called for time (52-47, 25.). Without leading scorer Paul Zipser, who saw a lot of bench time due to foul problems, Germany re-gathered their troops, finishing strong to go up by double digits (65-55, 30.).
The stage was set for an exciting fourth quarter matchup, as Turkey put more and more pressure on the hosts struggling offense (73-70, 34.). Once more Akpinar and Schilling protected the lead with consecutive baskets, with Schilling hammering home a thunderous baseline jam (79-70, 36.). Turkey forced its way back into the game, initiated a 10-0 spurt to gain the momentum (79-80, 38.).  From that point on Blümel‘s troops had to always score from behind to somehow stay in touch with their opponents. Tayfun Erülkü hit a three pointer to make it 83-88 with 19.4 seconds left to play. Germany had to send Erülkü and Co. to the line, hoping to get most of their possessions as possible. All the hustle did not pay off, as Turkey hung on to beat the host for the second straight time in three days.
Taylor, Akpinar (14), Lockhart (15), Marin dnp, Bryant (6), Wess (6), Jorch (2), Zipser (6), Müller (13), Diouf (8), Schilling (15), Mayr dnp.
Erülkü (24), Dagdelen dnp, Sezer Alp (2), Türen (7), Akdamar (1), Cosar J. (5), Birsen I. (13),  Gülmez (8), Alp Altunbey (7), Emre Mirza, Osman (6), Can Yildizli (17).


Spain v Serbia (Final)

Spain Final AST Mannheim BasketballRed, gold, red … for the gold
After 14 years of championship drought Spain has climbed on top of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament once again. Led by Albert Homs’ 18 points performance the 76-65 (22-17, 15-18, 25-13, 14-18) win over Serbia crowned a perfect campaign for coach Juan Orenga‘s troops. Tournament MVP Nikola Radicevic had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.
The Spanish guards carried their team all tournament long. There was no reason to believe they would stop doing so during the gold medal game of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Controlling the tempo Albert Homs and Co. distributed the ball wherever the open team mates were on the floor of the MWS Arena (10-6, 5.). It took some time for Serbia to establish an offensive rhythm to make this a close contest (12-11, 7.). The biggest difference between the two basketball heavyweights was Spain’s overwhelming dominance inside the paint, which could not be portrayed in a better way than by two thunderous putback slams by Ilimane Diop and Guillermo Hernangomez (22-17, 10.).
Serbia had ongoing trouble to keep Spain away from the basket, but gained just enough offensive momentum to stay within striking distance (24-18, 12.). An 8-0 run put Serbia ahead 24-26, before Juan Orenga called for time and re-arranged the Spanish defensive schemes. These slight changes paid off, as the 1998 AST winners climbed back on top of the scoreboard till the halftime buzzer sounded (37-35, 20.).
In the first half Spain attempted as many as four three point shots, with none of them being on target. Albert Holms ended that skid highlighting an 11-2 run as Serbia called for time (48-37, 22.). It was the beginning of a heavy three point barrage that paved the way to a commanding double digit lead (62-48, 30.).
Serbia never gave up, fighting and scratching and scoring their way back into the game (69-59, 35.). The score never got any closer, as Homs and Co. were in total control, scoring on each crucial possession down the stretch (76-61, 37.). In the finals minutes Orenga took the chance to bring some of his lesser-used reserves to the floor, so the whole team had its share of the victory.
Diaz (7), Chapela, Vicedo, Hernandez (2), Pauli, Hernangomez (10), Perez (11), Saiz (11), Diop (8), Villena, Marin (9), Homs (18).
Radicevic (19), Novak dnp, Guduric (4), Rebic (5), Cvorovic (1), Kutlesic dnp, Andusic (13), Milutinov (4), Ristic (17), Andric (2), Pekovic dnp, Knezevic.


Spain Final AST Mannheim BasketballAST 2012 Tournament All Star Team

Tournament MVP: Nikola Radicevic (Serbia)
Guard: Nikola Radicevic (Serbia)
Guard: Josep Perez (Spain)
Forward: Paul Zipser (Germany)
Forward: Mihajlo Andric (Serbia)
Center: Guillermo Hernangomez (Spain)
Burkhard Wildermuth-Award (most talented player): Cedi Osman (Turkey)


Full results from final day (day 7) of competition:
France 81 – 87 USA
Italy 69 – 68 Russia
Turkey 85 – 90 Germany (2nd/3rd place game)
Spain 76 – 65 Serbia (Final)


Text and photographs courtesy of German Basketball Federation

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