|Niklas Kiel did it all for Germany, scoring 13 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and even bringing the ball|
Germany survived a huge late rally from Lithuania to claim their first win at the U16 European Championship Men, edging Lithuania to leave both teams with 1-1 records in Group B.
Germany took control in the third quarter and were leading 69-58 when Niklas Kiel split a pair of free throws with 3:08 left in the game.
But that was the cue for Lithuania, playing in front of the watching Lithuanian ambassador to Ukraine Algirdas Kumza, to launch a late furious assault.
Matas Andruskevicius got it started with a huge three-pointer as the clock ticked under three minutes before Jonas Stakeliunas added two free throws to cut the gap to six.
A German turnover and two missed free throws from Kiel gave them chances to cut the lead further but it was not until Tadas Sedekerskis sank a jump shot with 89 seconds left that they scored again, making it a four-point game.
Stakeliunas blocked Marcel Kessen's jump shot but Marvin Omuvwie grabbed the rebound and drew a foul, only to miss both free throws again.
Both teams were feeling the pressure with less than a minute to play as Andruskevicius missed a pair from the line.
Omuvwie made the first of his pair to make it 70-65, and then Stakeliunas moved the deficit back to four, 70-66, with 44 seconds to go.
There were just 17 ticks left when Sedekerskis stepped up and nailed both of his free throws to make it a two-point game.
Lithuania committed a quick foul and Richard Freudenberg could only split his free throws to leave the door open with 15 seconds to go, but Jokubas Svambaris missed his jump-shot and Stakeliunas again came up empty at the free throw line as Germany clung on.
Kiel led Germany with 13 points and 15 rebounds while Kessen scored 12 and Lucien Schmikale 11. Omuvwie added 10.
Martynas Varnas had 24 points in a losing cause for Lithuania.