Mannheim, Germany – The USA Select registered a big win in defeating Spain 69-64 at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Spain has been ranked number one by FIBA so this can be considered an upset. The USA was trailing by five points at the half. Shavar Newkirk (St. Joseph’s) had a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Mike Williams (Rutgers) and Tim Delaney (Villanova) with 12. Ethan Happ (Wisconsin) added another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. This was a game played at a very high level. An Austin White (High Point) jumper with 44 seconds gave the USA a five point lead and the final margin.
High level prospect Marc Garcia led Spain with 22 points while 6-10 Gambian, Ynakuba Sima was strong with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
After a strong USA start Spain turned a nine-point deficit into a seven point lead, going ahead of the Americans 30-23 late in the second quarter with an 18-2 run. Spain led by five at the half, 37-32. The USA started the second half on a 14-2 run taking a seven point lead (46-39). Spain cut the lead the three at the close of the third quarter but the USA closed the game well.
The USA Select—a 16 seed— advances to the semifinals Friday along with Turkey, Serbia, and Italy. The USA Select and Italy play tomorrow in a game that will only determine seeding in the semifinals.
USA scoring totals: Shavar Newkirk (11), Austin White (6), Connor O‘Hearn (DNP), Kahlil Garnes (DNP), Mike Williams (12), Tim Delaney (12), Kory Kuenstling (0), Brock Miller (8), Elijah Burns (4), Ethan Happ (12), Scott Lindsey (4), Ross Gerber (DNP)
Erik Olson is an Assistant Coach for the USA Select team at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Thanks to the AST for the photos. You can subscribe to our RSS feed from the upper right corner of our home page, follow us on Facebook, or on twitter.
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