US beats Serbia in Schweitzer semi, will play for title

The United States outlasted Serbia 74-68 in the semifinal round of the Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament on Friday, earning the opportunity to play for the country's first Schweitzer title since 1996. The Americans will face Italy at 4:15 p.m. CET Saturday at GBG Halle in Mannheim, Germany.

The U.S. fought back from a five-point halftime deficit and pulled away from a persistent Serbian team with a 12-3 run over the game's final minutes. Ethan Happ paced the squad with 29 points and 13 rebounds, both game-high totals, along with seven steals and three blocked shots. Elijah Burns scored 14 and Scott Lindsey 11 for the Americans.

Though the U.S. owns the most championships in Schweitzer history with 10, the country hasn't won the event since 1996. The U.S. finished seventh in 2012, the last edition of the biennial tournament.

To claim that title, the American team will need to beat Italy for the second time in three days. The U.S. beat the Italians 84-76 on Thursday, a day after each team clinched a berth in the semifinals. Italy beat Turkey 102-97 in Friday's other semifinal game.

Ticket information and live streaming is available at the event's website.

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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