Dennis Schröder and the German Men’s National Basketball Team continued their journey to EuroBasket 2015 with a qualifying round game versus Austria.
The Germans trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter, but were able to buckle down defensively and create an offensive surge, leading them to victory.
Germany outscored Austria 29-9 in the final period in large part to contributions from the bench.
Maximilian Kleber was the highest scoring man for Germany, providing a spark off the bench with 20 points and sevebn rebounds. In addition, Germany had two others in double-figures with Maik Zirbes and Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder.
While Schröder was magnificent for the Germans in his first match against Poland, he saw his numbers fall a bit against Austria. Schröder finished the game with 13 points, three assists and one rebound.
Although Schröder played with decent pace against Austria and shot 5-of-7 from the field, he once again struggled with turnovers, committing five in the match. This is concerning for the Hawks as Dennis was turnover-prone in Summer League play as well, averaging 4.5 turnovers through six games.
With the win, the Germans were able to improve to 1-1, one game behind Poland in the Group C standings.
The Germans are currently placed second in Group C, and will need to hold on to one of the top two spots in order for them to advance.
Germany’s next game is against Luxembourg on August 17th.
Luxembourg has not won a game in the group yet, losing to Austria and Poland, and will be looking for that elusive first win against Germany.
The Germans will have three more games to play after the match versus Luxembourg, as teams play each other twice in the group stage.