|27 July 2010|
Germany coach Alex Maerz has set her sights on the semi-finals of the U18 European Championship for Women Division B.
Germany showed why they are among the favourites for the tournament in Romania with a solid performance in a warm-up tournament in Tunisia over the weekend - losing only to the well-fancied Dutch - followed a 93-31 rout of Luxembourg.
"If we play with confidence and stay focused, we want to go to semi finals," Maerz told Basketball World News. "But we have a very strong group so our focus must be high in every game."
Germany have been drawn in Group B are will come up against Croatia, Denmark and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
They must face those teams without injured pair Lena Bradaric and Clara Herrmann, but Maerz is happy with the adjustments her team have made.
"Two of our top eight players cannot go to European Championship, so we had to re-construct tactically," she said. "The team is doing fine and we made a lot of progress during our preparation.
"We had a good game against the Netherlands who in my opinion are one of the top favourites for the European Championship. The game was close except a blackout of our team in the last three minutes. Against Tunisia U20s and U18s we bounced back well and showed we had solved our tactical problems.
"Playing the U20s was good. It is always important to play older teams as they are usually much more physical. That helped us a lot in accepting to play hard."