Australia have lost their first game of the 2018 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, unable to get over the line in a close contest against host nation Germany.
A quick start to the game saw Germany jump out to an 11-4 lead but Callum Dalton and Samson Froling were able to steady the ship for the Aussies before a three-pointer from Alex Ducas made it a five-point game at quarter-time.
Dalton and Froling worked tirelessly in the paint all game, combining 25 points and 15 rebounds with Froling tallying a double-double.
Australia stuck close to the hosts and closed within a possession on several occasions over the next two quarters and while they could never get in front, they were still in the contest heading into the last term thanks to a late three-pointer from Kyle Bowen (11 points, three rebounds).
Germany had the answers every time though, holding Australia to 29% shooting overall which countered their 16 turnovers as Isaiah Lee (four points, six assists, six steals) and Alex Ducas (12 points) did everything they could to pull the Aussies over the line in the 56-65 defeat.
Find the box score here.
Needing to finish in the top two of Group A to advance to the Semi-Finals and have a chance of winning a medal, Australia must defeat Turkey (who own a 1-3 record currently) tonight or hope that Israel lose to bottom-placed Japan.
The standings with one game left in the group stage can be found below.
1. Germany 4-0 (+79)
2. Australia 3-1 (+68)
3. Israel 2-2 (+11)
4. Turkey 1-3 (-16)
5. Argentina 1-3 (-43)
6. Japan 1-4 (-99)
The official Albert Schweitzer Tournament website will stream every game and provide commentary once the competition hits the finals and you will be able to find links to all games here or here.
Australia’s Schedule for the 2018 Albert Schweitzer Tournament (all times AEST):
April 5: Australia vs. Turkey at 11.30pm
April 6: Semi-Finals and classification games
April 7: Medal Games and classification games