|Bogdan Radosavljevic was dominant for Germany, posting 25 points and 7 rebounds|
Germany made the most of their advantage in size and physicality on Tuesday to prevail 89-75 over Georgia in the inaugural game of Group A at the Sportland U20 European Championship in Tallinn.
The Germans went on a 16-0 run midway through the first quarter to take a 22-5 lead and establish a firm grip on proceedings early on.
Georgia recovered from their three-minute dry spell and scored ten almost consecutive points to reduce the gap, but they would have to trail from an almost unassailable distance for the remainder of game.
Germany out-rebounded Georgia 39-30 but mostly used their size to deny open looks to their opponents and force them to take most of their shots from a distance.
The Georgians worked as a team to close down their paint but often had little choice but to foul the German big men, a measure that backfired as the victors were almost flawless at the charity stripe and sunk 20 of their 25 free throws.
Center Bogdan Radosavljevic already had 19 points for Germany when he went to the bench four minutes before the end of the first half and he finished with a game-high 25 points, adding seven rebounds.
Power forward Hans-George Brase collected 16 points and six rebounds, while guard Kenneth Ogbe added 15 points and two assists.
For Georgia, Irakli Mikeladze had 19 points and four assists in a losing effort.