Dennis Schröder and Germany went back to work again on Sunday, as they try to qualify for EuroBasket 2015.
Germany came into the game against Luxembourg with a record of 1-1 following a loss to Poland and a win over Austria. While their .500 record puts them in the middle of their qualifying group (Group C), they played as though they were the best team in their group, blowing out Luxembourg 109-49.
The game started out close as Germany and Luxembourg went back and forth to start the period. Luxembourg even took a two point lead, 9-7, early in the game following a lay-up by Tom Schumacher. However, that lead was short-lived.
Germany dialed up the intensity and took the lead back following a bucket by Robert Benzing at the 6:09 mark. The basket gave Germany the lead at 11-9. They never looked back after that shot as the Germans led for the rest of the game, eventually turning it into a blowout.
Five players scored in double-figures for Germany, with three of them coming off the bench.
The Atlanta Hawks’ Dennis Schröder also played well for his national team, scoring nine points on four-of-six shooting and dishing out four assists. Schröder also cut down on his turnovers, only committing two in the match — he was averaging 5.0 turnovers per game after the first two matches.
Although Schröder played well against Luxemborg, it is important to note the young point guard was relegated to backup duty after starting the two previous games. He could earn his starting role back if he plays with the pace he did on Sunday.
The win improves Germany’s record to 2-1, and also puts them into a tie for first place following a close loss by group-leader Poland on Sunday.
Germany will play three more games in the second qualifying round EuroBasket 2015, one against each group member: Austria, Luxembourg and Poland.
Their next game will be a re-match against Poland on August 20. Germany will be looking for revenge and will be sure to get it if they play similar to their strong showing on Sunday.