His miracle shot with 1.1 seconds remaining sparked scenes of jubilation on the court while in stark contrast, the dejected Spanish team left the court knowing they had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
|Simon Schmitz's buzzer beating shot with 1.1 to go|
Missing their influential big man Nikola Mirotic, Spain had trailed for most of the game against the hard working and intense German team but looked odds on to escape with a win after having trailed by double digits earlier in the game.
In a high tempo and bruising encounter, both teams couldn't be separated at 16-16 after the first quarter. With the German team working the Spanish zone in impressive fashion and making some shots, they took the initiative and headed into the second half 38-30 in front.
By the end of the third, and with Germany looking more tired defensively, Spain took advantage to reduce the arrears heading into the last period at 49-44. The Spanish side fought back led by Ignacio Llovet had got the Spanish to within a point and it wasn't long before they grabbed the lead.
Both teams then wrestled to take a commanding hold of the game but with just 11 seconds left, Maik Zirbes tied the game up at 60-60. Spain needed to execute and when Valencia guard Jose Simeon was fouled and made one of two from the line with 1.4 seconds remaining, it looked to be over.
However Germany called a time-out and managed to get the ball into the hands of Schmitz who delivered a memorable and knock-out blow in his 18 point MVP performance.
Llovet claimed a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds for Spain.