By Jared Grellet
|Paul Zipser led the charge for Germany with 18 points and 4 rebounds before fouling out |
Germany have remained a chance of staying in Division A for the U18 European Championship for 2013, after defeating France 60-57 on Saturday afternoon.
Germany now need to defeat Denmark in their final game on Sunday and hope for Poland to upset France.
In the more likely event that both Germany and France win, France keep their spot in Division A on account of winning the head-to-head battle with Germany thanks to the better goal average.
Germany had run out to a commanding 16-point lead before the opening frame was done with, but France steadily fought back, claiming the lead late in the third quarter.
Claiming the lead back with 1:48 to play, Germany did not relinquish it again, coming within two points of the magic number seven, they would have needed to win the tie-breaker, on a Paul Zipser jump-shot with 16 seconds to play.
Benjamin Sene and Alexandre Chassang then replied in due course, combining for three late free-throws to assure the deficit remained under seven.
Zipser finished as Germany's leading scorer with 18 points. David Taylor helped out with 10.
Sene finished with 18 for France.
Earlier in the day, Poland became the last team to clock a win at the championship when they defeated Denmark 59-54.
Behind by six at the end of the opening quarter, Mikolaj Witlinski spurred a second-quarter comeback with his eight points assisting his team in turning the six-point deficit into a six-point lead.
Poland's lead grew to as much as 13 during the third quarter but when the period ended it would only be two thanks to a late alley-oop courtesy of Kacper Borowski.
Denmark then remained a threat up until the final 90 seconds. Trailing by a point, the Danes were shut out of the game, failing to score again as Poland were left to celebrate a long overdue win.
Kacper Radwanski finished as Poland's leading scorer with 10 points. Witlinski made eight points to go with seven rebounds.
Rasmus Larsen recorded an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Scandinavians.