Germany put on a shooting clinic in the second half to secure a 100-77 win over Ukraine on the opening day of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 in Hagondange, France.
Down by two, 59-57, late in the third quarter, Germany then proceeded to outscore their opponents 33-18 behind an outstanding three-point barrage (hitting 15 of 27 attempts from long-range) led by Sebastian Koch and Mathias Monninghoff.
"The way we shot the ball in the second half, I couldn't really have imagined that," head coach Kay Blumel said. "In our preparation games, the most we've scored was 85 points I think."
It was a big surprise to see us win like this. Usually we are the type of team to win a game 70 something to 60 something. Were pretty defensive-minded.
Trailing 44-35 at the half, Germany cut the gap to five at the start of the third quarter before the Ukrainians pushed it back to nine, 51-42.
But the Germans pushed hard again and used a 15-2 run to take a 57-53 lead with 3:11 left in the period. Ukraine hit back-to-back three-pointers to edge in front 59-57 and that was the last time they would have the lead.
Germany finished the third quarter with an 11-0 run spearheaded by Daniel Leithner's two long bombs to lead by eight, 68-59.
And, despite Ukraine's best efforts, Germany stayed hot and just could not miss from inside the arc and out as they eventually ran away easy winners.
Ukraine scored the games first six points but then went on a drought spanning more than five minutes.
Germany made the most of it, scoring 14 unanswered points with big man Philip Neumann making his presence felt in the paint as Kay Blumel's charges took a 16-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
However, Ukraines trio of Oleksandr Lypovyy, Andriy Lebedintsev and Gennadiy Dzyuba start finding their touch from all over the court to put their team back in front.
The Ukrainians built on that momentum to take their first double-digit lead, 39-28, on Vyacheslav Bobrov's three-point play and Ukraine with 2:40 left in the half.
Germany did their best to stay within striking distance and were within nine, 44-35, at the break after Monninghoff's spectacular up-and-under reverse lay-up.