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An 84-69 loss to Greece on Wednesday marked the end of the United States’ hopes of advancing in the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, a prestigious 12-country bracket of under-18 boys basketball teams held every other year in southwestern Germany.

The Americans, comprised of selected high school standouts from the States, will face winless Egypt on Thursday at 8 p.m. CET to wrap up their tournament run.

Wednesday’s loss dropped the U.S. to 1-3 in round-robin competition within its six-team group. Earlier in the day, France routed China 85-53 and defending champion Italy handled Egypt 75-41 to remain undefeated atop the group and clinch berths in Friday’s semifinal round.

Host nation Germany is undefeated atop the opposite group, with Serbia and Australia sitting in second and third place, respectively, entering Thursday’s round-robin finales.

The early elimination is a step back from the Americans’ 2014 effort. The U.S. squad advanced to the gold medal game two years ago before falling to Italy.


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