The Germans finally got a rematch against the Polish team that defeated them earlier in the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round, as the two teams squared off again on Wednesday.
The Germans were hoping for a better result than their last outing against Poland, when they suffered a heartbreaking 68-67 loss, and were expecting to earn a win with the game being played at home in Germany. Unfortunately for Dennis Schröder and company though, they ended the game with another tally in the loss column as they were defeated 88-76.
Germany started the game poorly, finding themselves trailing by 11 points at the end of the first quarter. However, they were able to claw themselves back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring Poland by nine points, and went into halftime only trailing by one basket.
Although it seemed momentum was in the Germans favor with a nice second quarter output and the game being played on home soil, that proved not to be the case.
Poland started the third quarter with an explosion of 12 straight points and used that spurt to ignite a 17-2 run, taking a commanding 60-43 lead halfway through the period. They ended the quarter leading 66-53.
However, the Germans were able to get close late in the final period, cutting the lead to six points after Schroder nailed a jumper with 1:36 remaining.
But that’s as close as they would get.
Poland sank eight free throws and outscored Germany 11-5 down the stretch. The inability of Germany to close the gap resulted in a 12-point loss to Poland.
While Germany did lose, there were some positive takeaways for Atlanta Hawks fans.
Dennis Schröder easily had his best game of the tournament, finishing with 20 points, seven assists and three rebounds.
Although the Hawks point guard didn’t start for the second game in a row, he ended up playing the second most minutes (32) out of all the Germans players.
Another positive for Schröder was his ball control. After struggling with turnovers early in the tournament — averaging five in the first two games — the young floor general only committed three in the rematch against Poland. This is a great takeaway considering the large amount of minutes Schröder played.
Germany has two more games remaining in the tournament. Their next game will be a rematch against group rival Austria on Aug. 24, who they previously beat 77-64.
Germany will need to win the upcoming game as they currently have a 2-2 record with 6 points in Group C. That record puts them in third place behind Poland and Austria, who are tied for first place.
Only the top two teams from the group advance, making the game against Austria a must win.