Undefeated through the tournament so far, next up for Germany was the bottom ranked Group A team, France.
With Germany working their way into shooting space in the key early on in the quarter, France’s initial longer shooting strategy kept them level on the scoreboard. But a basket at the buzzer from Andre Bienek gave the group leaders a narrow 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Although the French team capitalised on the action opening up in the second quarter with quick, flowing counter attacks, the German team’s shooting accuracy and composure in attack saw the gap between the two teams grow to a score of 39-25 at half time. Guard Bienek was a constant threat for Germany, contributing two three pointers and a total of seventeen points through the first half.
But leading Germany’s attack after the break was center Dirk Passiwan, whose totals of rebounds and assists stood at twelve and nine respectively at the end of the third quarter. With Germany leading by a score of 62-32 entering the fourth quarter and holding their opponents to seven points through the third, the French team struggled to find a response to the German team’s unrelenting play.
With a 30 point lead, Germany rotated the bench in the fourth quarter: scoring 17 points to France’s 10. Still leading Germany through to the end of the game was team top scorer Passiwan, whose 31 points led the 22 of Andre Bienek and fifteen of Thomas Bohme. The game ending 79-42 to Germany.
Germany will matchup against its main rival for the top place in group A, Spain, in the team’s final game of the group stage, Wednesday September 2nd, 19:30 start- What could be a clash of two undefeated team’s following Spain’s key match with Great Britain.
MVP presented by Wellspect HealthCare: Andre Bienek (Germany)