Italy prevailed in a battle with France for supremacy in Group B - Photo DBB

Italy prevailed in a battle with France for supremacy in Group B – Photo DBB

For the last day of group play at the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, I was back in Viernheim. The main was France versus Italy in a battle of undefeated teams in Group B with the winners to play Serbia in the semi-finals and the losers facing Germany.

 

China dominated Greece 69-49

China looked up a top eight finish by beating Greece and nearly bounced Greece from the top eight. But it ended up being the United States who would finish fifth in Group B.

China’s coach drastically cut his rotation with just seven players playing. Big man Zhu Rongzhen led the way with 18 points including one three-pointer to go with 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Bai Haotian played a fine all-around game, showcasing his good set of tools with 17 points with three three-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Xu Jie chipped in 14 points with four three-balls, five rebounds and two assists and Huang Rongqi added 11 points, five rebounds and two assists before injuring his ankle. Liu Zeyi played the full 40 minutes for China, scoring eight points and picking up seven rebounds.

Greece no match for Zhu Rongzhen (left) and China

Greece no match for Zhu Rongzhen (left) and China

China took over the game for good in the second quarter with a 21-6 scoreline. If China had won by 23 points, it would have been China and United States into the 5-8 classification games. Instead it will be China and Greece.

Dimitris Moraitis paced Greece with 15 points while Vasilis Christidis had 12 points and Michail Lountzis chipped in nine points, five rebounds and two assists.

China will play Turkey while Greece take on Australia.

 

Serbia come back to beat Argentina 69-61

Serbia came back from a 12-point quarter deficit and eventually knocked off Argentina thanks mainly to an excellent Borisa Simanic, who collected 19 points on 6-of-14 shots including 4-of-10 three-points, 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal and five blocks.

Serbia's Aleksa Radanov goes up against an Argentina defender on the break.

Serbia’s Aleksa Radanov goes up against an Argentina defender on the break.

Matija Radovic picked up 11 points and Nemanja Dincic added 10 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the win.

Aleksa Radanov chipped in nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals while Milos Glisic had nine points and four rebounds.

Serbia survived despite 21 turnovers and hitting just 65 percent of their free throws.

Argentina, who scored just nine points in the third quarter, were paced by Santiago Vaulet, who had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Matias Solanas added 13 points in the loss.

Argentina finished last in Group A and will take on Egypt for 11th place.

 

Italy show class with 67-59 win over France

Italy and France were squaring off as undefeated teams with the winner taking first place and meeting Serbia in the semi-finals and the losers to play Germany.

Italy hit 40 percent of their three-pointers and forced 23 France turnovers in taking the victory.

Cesare Barbon nailed five three-balls in scoring 19 points while Alessandro Simioni scored nine points.

Italy’s starting playmaker Lorenzo Penna had eight points but turned the ball over six times against the tough French defense while Lorenze Bucarelli picked up four points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in an intense battle.

Adam Mokoka turned the ball over four times for France but he led Les Bleus with 13 points while Ivan Fevrier totalled 10 points. Abdoulaye Ndoye continues to be impressive to watch as he collected four points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Bathiste Tchouaffe struggled once again, hitting 2-of-10 shots including 2-of-9 from long range as well as turning the ball over four times. Jaylen Hoard has yet to really stamp his authority on the game with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two turnovers.

 

Turkey up-and-down in win over Japan 89-70

Turkey were up and down but still prevailed over Japan to finish fourth in Group A. Ömer Al scored 24 points while Onuralp Bitim (22 points and 12 rebounds) and Muhammed Erkam Kiris (10/11) both picked up double-doubles for Turkey, who trailed by as many as 10 points despite out-rebounding the Japanese 56 to 35.

Alihan Genc added 13 points and Görkem Dogan had 12 points for the Turks, who will play China next.

Japan, who will play the United States for ninth place, got 21 points from Yuki Mikami, who nailed six three-pointers. Yudai Nishida missed all seven of his three-point attempts in scoring 13 points.

 

United States race past Egypt 106-68

Quinton Rose paced six Americans with double figures by scoring 21 points to go with six assists as United States raced away from Egypt in the second half.

Dylan Painter collected a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jimmy Boeheim had 17 points, Matt Turner scored 16 points, Garrison Brooks scored 11 points and Savion Flagg added 10 points.

Egypt got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Seifeldin Elsanadily while Hassan Elkhouga scored 16 points and Tarek Raafat added 10 points. Omar Farag collected six points, five rebounds and 10 assists in the loss.

 

Germany remain perfect with 77-58 win versus Australia

Germany were never really threatened in taking first place in Group A with a convincing win. Kostja Mushidi tallied 14 points to lead the team while Nelson Weidemann and Oscar Leon da Silver both scored 10 points. Richard Freudenberg saw his streak of double-doubles end at four as he picked up four points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Australia watched as Germany pulled away in the second half. Lat Mayen Nai and Callum Dalton both led the Aussies with nine points while Matt Kenyon scored eight points and Isaac White picked up six points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

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