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.
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