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Group:  C | 13.08.2014, 20:20h
Group:  C | 13.08.2014, 20:20h
64-77
14 - 1921 - 1420 - 159 - 29
14 - 1921 - 1420 - 159 - 29
Venue: Schwechat (AUT) |
Spectators: 2500 |
Referees: Milija Vojinovic (SRB), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Tamas Földhazi (HUN)

GAME REPORT


Germany Finish Strong To Deny Austria

33. Maik Zirbes (Germany)
Maik Zirbes chipped in 17 points for Germany

Germany turned on the jets late in their Wednesday clash with Austria on the road and outscored their hosts 21-0 in the final five minutes to claim a 77-64 win, their first in the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.

The two sides are now tied at 1-1 in the Group C standings, behind the still undefeated Poland.

By the time Maximilian Hopfgartner hit a triple with 5:26 left to play in the third quarter, to bring Austria ahead 48-38, nothing seemed to be working for Germany.

Maximilian Kleber however kept the faith and scored seven points until the end of the frame to prevent the hosts from widening the gap and Germany trailed only 55-48 at the third buzzer.

Kleber again hit two triples in quick succession to reduce to 59-56 with 7:55 left to play in the game, but Enis Murati and Rasid Mahalbasic extended Austria's lead to 64-56 when there was only 5:30 on the clock.

Austria would not score a single point until the end of the encounter though, as Mahalbasic was called for an unsportsmanlike foul shortly after and two free throws by Karsten Tadda and a dunk from Maik Zirbes sparked Germany's incredible final run.

The hosts kept trying to stop the rot from beyond the three-point line (8-for-32 from long range) and, as Germany controlled the defensive boards in the clutch, this approach resulted in Austria fouling their guests and enabling them to score easy points from the stripe.

Germany, who sunk 20 of their 27 free throws, were led by Kleber's 20-point, seven-rebound effort, while Zirbes added 17 points and seven boards and Dennis Schröder had 13 points.

For Austria, Murati finished with a game-high 27 points and Mahalbasic had 14 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Austria vs. Germany

Werner Sallomon, Austria Head Coach
"It's a pity."

Enis Murati, Austria
"We controlled the game for almost 37 minutes, but then we fell into a big, big hole."

Emir Mutapcic, Germany Head Coach
"We just played good basketball in the fourth quarter. The 21-0 run in the end was the product of good defence, concentration and attitude."

Dennis Schröder, Germany
"We missed concentration and did not play well on defence. But the guys from our bench made a good job, so we came back. Germany is the winner, that's what counts."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.5%

25/65
FG
M/A

48.1%

25/52

51.5%

17/33
FG2P
M/A

54.5%

18/33

25.0%

8/32
FG3P
M/A

36.8%

7/19

100.0%

6/6
FT
M/A

74.1%

20/27

29

8/21
RT
RO/RD

33

7/26

16

AS

11

13

TO

13

6

ST

6

3

BS

2

24

PF

18

64

Pts

77

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