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|Mauricio Marin contributed 11 points in Germany's double-overtime victory over Italy.|
The Albert Schweitzer Tournament (AST) prepares for its final day.
The 26th edition of the traditional youth tournament began on 7 April and concludes on Saturday with the final games.
First established in 1958, the AST has developed into a renowned and internationally recognised event, drawing the attention of fans and scouts.
The tournament is held every two years in the city of Mannheim, showcasing some of the finest talent on U18 level.
The USA hold the record, having won the AST ten times. The 2010 edition saw Australia grab the title for the very first time in tournament history.
Previous editions featured future superstars like the late Drazen Petrovic, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki.
Up-and-coming European stars are on hand in Mannheim, with lots of players present who took part in previous Youth European Championships and who will take centre stage again this summer.
This year, 11 out of the 16 participating teams come from Europe and they made sure the trophy will stay on the old continent.
On Friday evening, Spain and Turkey meet in the first semi-final, while the second finalist will be decided between Serbia and hosts Germany.
The fans witnessed thrilling games on Thursday, with all teams leaving their heart on the floor.
In Group F, Serbia and Spain both had secured their spot in the semi-finals before, fighting for pride and the first spot in the group in their match-up. Spain edged the Serbian team 58-57, profiting by 19 Serbian turnovers.
Juan Sebastian Saiz led a balanced Spanish offense with 12 points, while Nikola Radicevic was the top scorer for Serbia with 17 points.
In Group E, Germany continued their unbeaten run with a double-overtime thriller over Italy, winning 91-85 in the end. The German win smashed Italy's semi-final hopes and gave Turkey a spot among the last four teams.
Despite having lost to France 74-75 earlier the day, Turkey got the best of the three-way-tie with France and Italy, finishing in second place of the group.
Both semi-finals as well as the game for third place and the grand final are broadcast live online on http://www.liveimnetz.de
Friday, 13 April 2012
Turkey - Spain 18:30 CET
Germany - Serbia 20:30 CET
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Game for third place 14:00 CET
Final 16:15 CET