Young Aussies topple USA

Young Aussies topple USA

The Australian under-19 men’s basketball team put in a performance to remember at the 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany overnight, overcoming the United States 87-67 to finish with a prestigious bronze medal. Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova led Australia with

The Australian under-19 men’s basketball team put in a performance to remember at the 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany overnight, overcoming the United States 87-67 to finish with a prestigious bronze medal.

Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova led Australia with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists with Shane Harris Tunks adding 17 points and Christian Salecich 15 points.

America’s 216cm centre Jeffree Whithey finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.

Australia’s harassing defence shocked the United States in the opening quarter and after one stanza the Emus led 26-10.

The USA was more composed in the second quarter but Australia continued to match them basket-for-basket until half time and when the hooter sounded the Emus were ahead by seventeen, 48-31.

America bolted after the break but Australia limited the damage and with one quarter to play the Emus had the advantage, 66-55.

The young Aussies put in a final stanza to remember, restricting the Americans to twelve points while dashing away with 21 of their own to finish with an impressive 20-point win.

Greece, who pipped Australia in overtime of the semi final, was the overall winner of the tournament after defeating Turkey, 96-82.

Victoria's Damien Theisz officiated the Gold Medal match.

AUSTRALIAN EMUS 87 – M Dellavedova 20, S Harris-Tunks 17, C Salecich 15 def
USA 67 – J Whithey 16, W Judge 15, I Walker 10
at 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament
US Sports Arena. Mannheim, Germany.

Emus to face USA in bronze playoff

24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament – Game 6

28 March 2008

A bronze medal will be on the line when the Australian under-19 men’s basketball team plays the United States at midnight tonight, Australian eastern time.

Tied with unbeaten Greece after regulation time expired in last night's semi final , the Emus fell by five points after 5 minutes of overtime at the 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany, 84-79, to miss a chance at the Gold Medal.

Jorden Page led Australia with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while three other Aussies scored in double figures. Shane Harris-Tunks returned from injury to tally seven points and a team high 8 rebounds.

193cm point guard Niko Pappas had a monster game and finished with 39 points and 10 rebounds for Greece.

In last night’s other game, Turkey defeated the United States, 83-79.

GREECE 84 – N Pappas 39, L Kasselakis 13, V Jakovic 10 def
AUSTRALIAN EMUS 79 – J Page 17, R Broekoff 11, C Ellis 10, T Blanchfield 10
in overtime
US Sports Arena, Mannheim, Germany

Emus topple Tukey
24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament – Game 5

27 March 2008

The Australian Emus have advanced to the semi finals of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim after trouncing formerly unbeaten Turkey by 18 points overnight, 89-71.

It is the first time in five years that Australia has advanced to the final four teams, where they join the United States, Greece and overnight losers Turkey.

Australia (4-1) will face Greece in the semi final, who downed USA earlier in the tournament and Argentina 76-63 overnight to remain unbeaten.

The United States defeated Spain overnight, 102-101.

For the fourth game running Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova top scored for Australia with 22 points in the victory over Turkey.

He received good support from Logan’s Mitchell Young (15 points), Sterling’s Cody Ellis (8 points, 6 assists) and Maroochydore’s Jorden Page (8 pts, 3 rebs, 3 assists).

The Emus trailed by three points after one quarter but put the clamps on Turkey in the second quarter to lead by 16 points at half time, 49-33.

Turkey came out firing after the break but Australia weathered the storm to keep the lead at fifteen points with one stanza to run.

The young Aussies held their nerve in the fourth quarter and when they went for the kill the Turks couldn’t hold back the inevitable and the Emus ran out victors by 18 points.

Quarter by quarter:
1. TUR 19 AUS 16
2. AUS 31 (49) TURK 14 (33)
3. TUR 22 (55) AUS 21 (70)
F. AUS 21 (89) TUR 16 (71)

AUSTRALIAN EMUS 89 – M Dellavedova 22, M Young 15, C Ellis 8, J Page 8 def
TURKEY 71 – M Mahmeutelu 21, E Kanter 18, I Yildirim 13
at MWS Halle, Mannheim

Semi Finals Schedule:

Friday, March 28th, 2008 (all times local)

US Sports Arena

09:00: Netherlands – Israel (Place 15)

11:00: Russia – New Zealand (Place 13)

14:00: Italy – France (Place 11)

16:00: Germany – Croatia (Place 9)

18:00: Turkey – USA (Semi-Final 1)

20:00: Greece – Australia (Semi-Final 2)

Emus sweep by Sweden
24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament – Game 4

26 March 2008

Undefeated Turkey will be the Australian Emus’ next opponent at the 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim after the young Aussies dismantled Sweden overnight, 72-48.

The Emus shot the ball at a 49 per cent clip and combined with ferocious defence they led the Swedes at every break.

188cm point guard Matthew Dellavedova led the way for Australia with 13 points and 5 rebounds, forward Cody Ellis had 11, and all ten Emus that saw court time scored.

Unusually named Swedish guard Andreas Person had a game high 17 points.

Australia now sits in second spot of crossover group E with a 3-1 record just ahead of Canada.

Turkey (4-0) remains undefeated after downing Canada (2-2) by 27 points overnight and owns the top spot in group E.

Quarter by quarter:
1. AUS 22 SWE 16
2. AUS 20 (42) SWE 10 (26)
3. AUS 16 (58) SWE 13 (39)
F. AUS 14 (72) SWE 9 (48)

AUSTRALIAN EMUS 72 – M Dellavedova 13, C Ellis 11, B Motum 9, C Salecic 9 def
SWEDEN 48 – A Person 17, O Zagheden 10, C Czerapovich 8
at MWS Halle, Mannheim

Aussies too good for Russia
24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament – Game 3

24 March 2008

The Australian Under19 men’s basketball team defeated Russia at the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Mannheim, Germany on Monday, 78-68.

Matthew Delavedova top scored for Australia with 18 points and received good support from Cody Ellis with 15 points.

Australia now holds a 2-1 win/loss record and sits atop Group C after previously unbeaten Canada was upset by Italy, 86-78.

Russia came out firing and led the Emus by five points after one period, 24-19, but Australia upped the ante over the next two quarters.

The Emus outscored Russia 40-21 over the second and third quarters and held a fourteen point lead with one stanza remaining, 59-45.

Russia fought back to win the final quarter 23-19 but the overall victory belonged to Australia, 78-68.

With only eight teams remaining, the Emus will now face Germany, Sweden and Canada in the crossover stage, beginning with Sweden on Wednesday afternoon, European time.

AUSTRALIAN EMUS 78 – M Dellavedova 18 (5 rebounds, 5 assists), C Ellis 15, B Motum 9, J Page 7 (6 rebounds, 3 assists) def
RUSSIA 68 – G Andreev 20, M Grigoryev 18, V Ivlev 13
in Mannheim, Germany

Canada cuts down Australia
24th annual Albert Schweitzer tournament – Game 2

23 March 2008

Despite a terrific first quarter where the Australian Emus held Canada to just twelve points, the young Aussies fell to the northern hemisphere side overnight, 66-53.

A 23-10 second quarter from Canada sealed the deal, with only two points separating the teams in the second half.

Matthew Dellavadova led Australia with 13 points and 9 rebounds but no other Emu scored in double figures. 

The Canadians are now undefeated after two games and top Group C while the Emus are in second place with a 1-1 record.

The Emus’ next game, in the early hours of Tuesday morning Australian time, is against Russia, who has yet to win a game.

CANADA 66 – R Gagliardi 19, M Arop 18, M Allison 9 def
AUSTRALIAN EMUS  53 – M Dellavedova 13 (9 rebounds) , B Motum 7 (4 rebounds), J Vandenberg 6
in Mannheim, Germany

Emus bound over Italy
24th annual Albert Schweitzer tournament - Game 1
22 March 2008

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Australian time, the Australian U19 Emus defeated Italy in their opening game of the 16-team Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany.

The 85-63 victory was all but assured after Australia led 45-26 at half time and despite Italy bridging the gap by four points in the third quarter, the Emus prevailed by 18 points.

Brock Motum and Christian Salecich led Australia with 14 points apiece while Mitchell Young added 10 points and 7 rebounds.

The Emus next game is against Canada, who was far too good for Russia in its opening match, a 26-point victory, 74-48.

Assistant coach Damian Cotter was pleased with the win but stressed that the young Aussies still have a long way to go.

“We’re very happy with the players improvement over the last week,” he said.

AUSTRALIAN EMUS 85 – B Motum 14, C Salecich 14, J Page 11 (8 assists), S Harris-Tunks 8 (8 rebounds) def
ITALY 63 – P Paolisso 18, J Borra 8, D Sandri 7
in Mannheim, Germany

Practice Game 3: AUS v TV Langen
21 March 2008

The Australian Emus have returned to the winners column with a 74-51 victory over German junior national league team TV Langen in Australia’s final preparation game for the Albert Schweitzer tournament.

Brock Motum top scored for Australia with 14 points.

The Emus started the game in an aggressive manner but missed many opportunities to break the game open at the free throw line and on the fast break.

Emus head coach Marty Clarke subbed his players regularly in the second period to maintain Australia’s intensity and the Emus responded by taking the lead and going into the half time break ahead by ten points, 39-29.

Langen rallied in the third quarter and forced several Australian turnovers to trail by only five points mid way through the quarter, but some quick baskets at the end of the period enabled the Emus to regain the momentum and head into the final break ahead, 54-45.

Australia continued to exploit the Langen zone defence with good inside baskets during the final quarter and went on to record a comfortable win, 74-51.

Clarke was pleased with the continued improvement of the team over the preparation phase.

“Players are getting a better understanding of the expectations in international competition,” he said.

The Australian men’s U19 team will face Italy in the opening game of the Albert Schweitzer tournament.

AUSTRALIA U19 74 – B Motum 14, R Broekhoff 11, S Harris-Tunks 9, T Blanchfield 8, M Young 7, M Dellavedova 7 def
in Langen, Germany

Practice Game 2: AUS v USC Heidelberg

20 March 2008

The Emus travelled to Heidelberg last night to face USC Heidelberg, a second division German professional team, for the second of their preparation games for the Albert Schweitzer tournament.

Despite 19 points from Jordan Page, Heidelberg ran out winners, 84-72.

The Aussies again started slowly and were intimidated by the size and athleticism of their older opponents.

Heidelberg jumped to a 9-0 lead before the Emus managed their first points and at the first break the Aussies trailed 17-10.

The second quarter was a different affair as the Emus steadied and played a more controlled game. A fantastic defensive effort during the period restricted Heidelberg to thirteen points and enabled the Emus to go into the half time break leading by six points, 36-30.

The Emus continued their defensive pressure during the third with the young Aussies growing in confidence against their more experienced opponents and with one period to play the Aussies led 59-54.

The Emus were unable to capitalise on their previous good work in the final stanza and when poor shot selection led to quick transition baskets for Heidelberg the German side was able to roll on to victory by twelve points, 84-72.

Emus head coach Marty Clarke was upbeat after the game and highlighted his team’s defensive effort.

“Even though we were unable to get the win, the team is developing a sense of identity, playing hard and working as a team,” he said.

USC Heidelberg 84 def
Australia U19 –
J Page 19, T Blanchfield 13, M Dellavedova 10, M Young 8
in Heidelberg

Practice Game 1: AUS v GER
19 March 2008

After a long trip from Australia and just over 48 hours to adjust to local time, the Australian Emus took on host nation Germany in their first preparation game before the commencement of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament.

The young Aussies struggled to find their rhythm from the outset and Germany led at the first break, 17-14.

The second quarter followed suit but the Emus were able to string some plays together to hit the lead on the brink of half time and head into the break ahead by one point, 34-33.

Following some words of wisdom from head coach Marty Clarke, the Emus came out of the locker room with renewed vigour and after their great defensive effort in the third quarter held Germany to nine points Australia led 70-42 with one period remaining.

Australia increased the buffer in the final term and closed out the match as 36-point winners, 93-57.

“A more focused defensive performance at the start of the third quarter with players willing to back themselves and each other allowed our running game to get going and it opened up the flow of the game offensively,” Clarke said.

The Emus’ next preparation game is against USC Heidelberg, a professional team in the German national league’s second division.

AUSTRALIA 93 – B Motum 18, C Salecich 14, S Harris-Tunks 12, M Young 12, T Blanchfield 9 def
at MWS Arena in Mannheim


The Emus depart Sydney International Airport on Qantas flight QF005 on Saturday March 15 bound for the 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament being held in Mannheim, Germany.

Below is there full tournament schedule:






15 Mar:




> Team to assemble Sydney International Terminal

> Depart Australia (Qantas) QF 5


16 Mar:











4.30 - 6pm


> Arrive Frankfurt (Germany)

> Travel to Mannheim by bus / check into accommodation


Boardinghouse Platanenhof

Ida-Dehmel-Ring 7

68309 Mannheim


> Lunch - Ladenburg

> Training (US Sports Arena)

> Dinner - Kafertal


17 Mar:



> Training (US Sports Arena)

> Sightseeing - Mannheim City


18 Mar:




> Training (US Sports Arena)

> Sightseeing - local area

> Pre-tournament Game v Germany (MWS Herzogenreid)


19 Mar:




> Training (US Sports Arena)

> Sightseeing - local area

> Scrimmage v USC Heidelberg (OSP - Heidelberg)


20 Mar:




> Training (US Sports Arena)

> Sightseeing - local area

> Pre-tournament Game v TV Langen (Langen)


21 Mar:



> Good Friday – Sightseeing (Heidelberg)

> AST Technical Meeting (Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim)





22 Mar:















9 - 10am



Albert Schweitzer Tournament begins


Group A: Group B:

Turkey Spain

Germany Argentina

Sweden Croatia

South Africa New Zealand


Group C: Group D:

Russia USA

Italy Greece

Australia France

Canada Israel


> Training (Neckarstadt Halle)

> Game v Italy (US Sports Arena)

> Opening Ceremony (US Sports Arena)


23 Mar:

9 - 10am


> Training (US Sports Arena)

> Game v Canada (US Sports Arena)


24 Mar:



> Training (Neckarstadt Halle)

> Game v Russia (US Sports Arena)


25 Mar:



· Free Day / Sightseeing (Speyer)

· Official City Reception (Kunsthalle Mannheim)

(HOD / HC / Referee)


26 Mar:



· Training

· Game v TBA - second round


27 Mar:



· Training

· Game v TBA - second round


28 Mar:



· Training

· Semi Final / classification rounds (US Sports Arena)


29 Mar:


· Finals / classification rounds / closing ceremony

(US Sports Arena)


30 Mar:




· Lunch / Weinheim

· Travel to Frankfurt

· Depart Frankfurt QF 6


1 Apr:


· Arrive Sydney

· Travel to home

February 28 2008

Emus team for Albert Schweitzer named

At the conclusion of the recent Australian U19 Men's (Emus) Training Camp the selectors announced the following team to compete in the 24th Albert Schweitzer Tournament to be held in Mannheim, Germany.


Todd Blanchfield         Mackay / Qld

            Ryan Broekhoff           AIS / Frankston / Vic

            Matthew Dellavedova            AIS / Maryborough / Vic

            Cody Ellis                     AIS / Sterling / WA

            Hugh Greenwood        AIS / Grenadiers (Hobart) / Tas

            Shane Harris-Tunks     AIS / Liverpool / NSW

            Brock Motum              AIS / Brisbane / Qld

            Jorden Page                AIS / Maroochydore / Qld

            Dwayne Radcliffe        AIS / Breakers (Hobart) / Tas

            Christian Salecich       AIS / Southern Districts / Qld

            Jordan Vandenberg     AIS / Waverley / Vic

            Mitchell Young            AIS / Logan / Qld


Sixteeen countries have been invited to the tournament with the Emus having been drawn against Italy, Russia and Canada in their preliminary round games.

Head Coach Marty Clarke said "the team was looking forward to play in a challenging tournament against top European countries as well as teams from other zones. This will be an excellent opportunity to compete against a variety of international styles."

The coaching staff also commented that these tours provide the group with invaluable experience in tournament play combined with the rigors of international travel.

Congratulations also go to Damien Theisz on his appointment to referee at the tournament.

The team will depart Australia on Saturday 15 March.

Albert Schweitzer Tournament:

Group A:          Germany; South Africa; Sweden; Turkey

Group B:          Argentina; Croatia; New Zealand; Spain

Group C:          Australia; Canada; Italy; Russia

Group B:          France; Greece; Israel; USA