Dennis Schröder missed a free-throw with three seconds on the clock and Spain edged out Germany 77-76 in Berlin on Thursday night to claim a berth in the Final Phase and eliminate the Group B hosts from EuroBasket 2015.
Turning Point: Spain grabbed a 12-point lead at the end of the third frame but Germany started chipping away at the gap in the fourth and Schröder hit two free-throws to reduce to 75-74 with nine seconds remaining. Germany immediately fouled Sergio Llull, who made both his shots from the line, and in-bounded to Schröder who darted up the court. The German point guard drew the foul from Pau Ribas as he was getting up from beyond the arc and sunk the first two free-throws but missed the last for Pau Gasol to secure the rebound - and the win for Spain.
Stats Don't Lie: On a night where points were hard to come by, Spain punished severely the 14 German turnovers and scored 15 off them. The hosts only scored two points off Spanish mistakes as the Iberian side only turned the ball over six times.
Game Hero: Sergio Rodriguez came off the bench and injected a breath of fresh air into the Spanish offence as he knocked down his first six shots from the floor to collect 16 points within 14 minutes of play. The Spanish point guard finished with a team-high 19 points, three assists and three rebounds on easily his best night in Berlin.
Bottom Line: Spain will finish either second or third in Group B, depending on Turkey's result against Iceland in the game that concludes action in Berlin. Germany will finish in fifth spot and, together with Iceland, their EuroBasket campaign terminates here.