In an end to end battle, it was Germany who emerged victorious: securing their third victory of the Championships with a 68-32 win over Spain.
It was a back and forth battle right from the tap in with Germany and Spain finding it difficult to create clear openings; the two teams, however, making the most of their chances. The early part of the quarter saw Germany hold a slight lead, both teams playing great basketball. After a time out, Spain came out in an attacking mood, fighting back against the early German lead. Nevertheless, a solid performance from Germany saw the team hold off the Spanish attack to take a 17-6 advantage into the second quarter.
The second quarter started with Spain scoring first, followed by back-to-back scoring from Germany to maintain their lead. Spain played a stronger defence as the quarter went on, holding the German lead to 13 points. Half way through the second, more chances were created by Spain – cutting the German lead and increasing their confidence. The Germans, however, found a way to overcome this Spanish fightback as they continued to pass the ball well and create chances of their own. Heading into half time, therefore, it was Germany who had a 33-14 lead.
Play was once again end to end again at the opening of the third quarter; excellent shooting accuracy from Germany enabling the team to maintain their lead against a gritty performance from Spain. The shots just not dropping for Spain, Germany were then able to increase their lead with a combination of great transition play and strong performances in the key. With just 10 minutes left in the game, Germany were ahead by 52-21.
The Germans continued with their stunning offensive play in the final quarter with quick passing and movement around the court. Indeed, with just five minutes left in the quarter, Germany had played their way to a 58-24 advantage courtesy of brilliant teamwork and shooting. Spain continued to respond with points of their own, but the German defence continued to cause them problems; Germany playing to a 68-32 win
1. M. Mohnen (22); 2. H. Friedrich (14); G. Schunemann (12)
1. M. Alonso Vilarino (14)*; 2. S. Ruiz Escribano (10); 3. V. Perez Gutierrez (6)
*double double, points and rebounds
MVP, presented by Worcestershire County Council: Marina Mohnen (Germany)