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Group:  C | 11.09.2004, 19:00h
Group:  C | 11.09.2004, 19:00h
82-72
19 - 2211 - 1622 - 1030 - 24
19 - 2211 - 1622 - 1030 - 24
Venue: Braunschweig (GER) |
Spectators: 5940 |
Referees: Chantal Julien (FRA), Oscar Lefwerth (SWE), Karel Kraaijeveld (NED)

GAME REPORT


Germany 82 vs. Hungary 72

Germany overcame a determined effort from Hungary in the second game of their 2005 European Championship qualifying campaign. 6,000 fans turned up in Braunschweig hoping for the Dirk Nowitzki-led team to put on a show.

They had to wait a while and it wasn’t until the second half that Germany displayed the type of form that took them to a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships.

The first half was all Hungary as the visiting side raced out to a 7-13 lead. Hungary’s penetrate-and-kick game was working to perfection as their outside shooters hit a high percentage of their shots.

Trailing 30-38 at the break, Germany came out at halftime with more determination. A three from Nowitzki brought them within 3 points and a basket from Ademola Okulaja saw Germany take their first lead of the game, 43-42.

It was Okulaja who kept his nerve in the closing minutes and helped his team finally see off the Hungarian challenge. He scored 7 points in the final 3 minutes (on 2 dunks and a three-pointer) which gave Germany the breathing space they needed to close the game winners, 82-72.

“We won this game as a team,” said German coach Dirk Bauermann

“Every single player made an important contribution to this success. I’m very happy that we have 2 wins under our belt and I’m looking forward to the next game.”

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.4%

26/56
FG
M/A

41.7%

25/60

51.2%

21/41
FG2P
M/A

45.9%

17/37

33.3%

5/15
FG3P
M/A

34.8%

8/23

78.1%

25/32
FT
M/A

77.8%

14/18

32

10/22
RT
RO/RD

28

12/16

14

AS

14

12

TO

12

9

ST

9

3

BS

2

18

PF

23

82

Pts

72

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