|Guillermo Hernangomez collected a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double|
Spain had the last word in a game of runs and turned up the screws on defence in the final stretch to pick up a 65-53 win over Germany in their first game in U20 European Championship Group B.
Turning Point: Spain, who had previously trailed Germany by as many as ten points, used a 13-2 burst in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter to turn a 46-44 deficit into a 57-48 lead and never looked back.
Game Heroes: Point guard Alberto Diaz personified Spain's commitment to hard work on defence even when things didn't work out as planned and he came up with a game-high and Day 1-high seven steals to go with his ten points, four rebounds and three assists. Edgar Vicedo on the other hand sunk two three-pointers that instigated Spain's fourth-quarter rally. He finished with 14 points and four assists.
Stats Don't Lie: Germany were made to work hard in five-on-five play and shot only 17-for-48 from the floor. They collected only seven points in the fourth quarter, when Spain denied them the alternative of finding scores in transition.
The Bottom Line: Spain saw four of their players scoring in double digits, survived a gutsy opponent and have gone top of Group B, together with Serbia. Germany have less than 24 hours to regroup and think about ways to raise their offensive production before they take on a fatigue-free Sweden.