Mannheim, Germany – Wisconsin recruit Ethan Happ continued his outstanding play to lead the USA Select team to an exciting 74-68 win over Serbia in the semifinal of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Happ finished the game with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 7 steals and 3 blocks. Stefan Lazarevic almost matched Happ in defeat and led Serbia with 25 points and 13 boards.
Led by Lazarevic the Serbs held a 41-36 lead at halftime as the USA was 0-of-6 on three-pointers in the half. Serbia scored the first five points of the second half to go ahead by ten points before the USA, led by Happ, scored 12 points in a row to take a two-point lead. The score was tied 52-52 at the end of three quarters.
Scott Lindsey hit the first three-pointer for the USA at the start of the final stanza. Serbia hit two three’s of their own to eventually tie the game at 67. The USA made two three throws to take a two-point lead and after Serbia missed a chance to tie or take the lead with a three, Happ sealed the win for the Americans with a basket in the paint.
The USA will now face Italy in the finals, a team they defeated 84-76 on Thursday in a game that just determined semifinal seeding. The game can be streamed live for free from the AST website at 16:15 local time Saturday.
Peno (7), Simic (dnp), Kocovic (0), Ostojic (7), Dokovic (4), Kovacevic (0), Starincevic (11), Lazarevic (25), Pavlovic (6), Carapic (dnp), Vucetic (8), Kostic (dnp).
Shavar Newkirk (7), Austin White (2), Connor O‘Hearn (DNP), Kahlil Garnes (DNP), Mike Williams (6), Tim Delaney (3), Kory Kuenstling (0), Brock Miller (2), Elijah Burns (14), Ethan Happ (29), Scott Lindsey (11), Ross Gerber (DNP)
In the other semifinal Italy edged Turkey 102-97. Point guard Federico Mussini and Diego Flaccadori each scored 19 points to lead the undersized winners. Furkan Korkmaz scored 23 points in the defeat for Turkey.
Turkey led by one 51-50 at the half. Then Italy‘s Mussini stole the show hitting three consecutive three-pointers in the final 80 seconds of the third quarter to give his team a ten-point lead (85-75).
Korkmaz was then fouled after making a three-pointer and the four point play erased much of the Italian lead. However Italy was able to respond and Flaccadori iced the game with two free throws with 10 seconds remaining.
Turkey: Bayram (5), Ulubay (7), Sariaslan (0), Cevik (0), Arslan (8), Korkmaz (23), Gecim (8), Baykan (7), Metehan (6), Güven (18), Arar (13), Olmaz (2).
Italy: Severini (2), Marella (1), Mastellari (0), Lupusor (3), Spera (6), Picarelli (10), La Torre (9), Mussini (19), Flaccadori (19), Cacace (14), Mascolo (0), Donzelli (19).
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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