Dennis Schröder and the German Men’s National Team went back to work on Sunday as they try to qualify for EuroBasket 2015 with a rematch against Austria on Sunday.
Germany beat Austria in the first matchup and were looking to make it two wins in a row. They were successful in that endeavor, beating the Austrians again, 88-69, improving their record to 3-2 in the group stage.
Austria came into the game against Germany tied atop the group standings with Poland and were looking to stay there. Poland had an easy game against winless Luxembourg, which meant Austria most likely had to beat Germany to stay at the top of the group standings.
Germany, who would have be eliminated from EuroBasket 2015 with a loss, came out strong working themselves into a 13-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
That 28-15 lead was short-lived, however, as Austria quickly climbed back into the game in the second period.
The Austrians showed more energy in the second, grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring several second-chance points, allowing them to trim the deficit to 45-41 at the half.
Austria continued their momentum after the half, following up the second quarter with a magnificent third period that allowed them to take a 63-62 edge heading into the fourth.
However, just when Germany seemed to be on the brink of elimination, they hit a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter to reclaim the lead and never looked back.
Dennis Schröder and company led by six points with 4:33 left and sealed the game with a 13-0 run down the stretch, turning a close match into a 88-69 blowout.
Schröder was once again the star for Germany, following up his 20-point, 7-assist performance against Poland on Wednesday with 24 points and six assists against Austria on Sunday.
The Atlanta Hawks point guard was very efficient, shooting six-of-nine from the field and only committing one turnover in 26 minutes of action.
This is a great sign for Schröder as it seems he is improving each game.
Germany has one more game in the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round — a rematch against Luxembourg.
Luxembourg, who lost to Germany 109-49 in their first matchup, is still winless.
Since Germany holds the tie-breaker over Austria, a win versus Luxembourg would make the Germans advance.
Germany’s final game against Luxembourg will take place on Aug. 27.