Dennis Schröder and the German Men’s National Basketball Team tipped-off play in the second qualifying round of EuroBasket 2015 against Poland on Sunday.
Schröder is coming of an excellent performance in the Las Vegas Summer League for the Atlanta Hawks, as he put up averages of 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He will be looking to further his development in the EuroBasket qualifying stage. He is also trying to grab the Hawks’ backup point guard role from the recently re-signed Shelvin Mack and will be looking to use his campaign with Germany to build his case in Atlnata.
Well, he had a solid game against Poland in the opening contest, but unfortunately he and Germany suffered a heartbreaking 68-67 loss.
Germany entered the fourth quarter trailing 56-50, but were able to tie the score after they started the period on a 6-0 run. However, Poland went back on the attack and gained another six-point cushion with only 2:16 left to play.
The Germans were not done though.
Schröder put the team on his back and carried them to a one-point lead after dishing an assist and then scoring five points on his own by knocking down a three-pointer, cutting the deficit to one, then sinking a pair of clutch free throws to put the Germans up by one with 34 second remaining.
Germany led 67-66, and seemed to finally have control of the game, but committed a crucial mistake down the stretch, jeopardizing their chances of winning the game.
Germany’s Maik Zirbes committed a foul on Poland’s Mateusz Ponitka, sending him to the foul line with only 18 seconds left in the ball game. Ponitka calmly hit both free throws to give Poland the lead.
The Germans had one last shot at winning the game, but Schröder missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Schröder finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, including a two-for-five clip from long-range, while adding five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Germany’s next game is against Austria on Aug. 13. They will plays six games in the 2nd Qualifying Round, two each against the other three teams in Group C, and must finish second to at least have a shot at one of the coveted spots leading to EuroBasket 2015.
Austria won their game yesterday, 84-76, against Luxembourg. The Germans are in need of a win as only the top two teams from their group will get to advance.