|Germanys bench gets excited in the close win over Russia|
Russia may already have known their fate lies in the classification round but they certainly did not leave the second round with a whimper as they pushed Germany to the wire in a tense battle during which the teams were never separated by more than six points.
That was the margin by which Russia led, 53-47, with a minute to go in the third quarter, while they were still up 60-55 when Oleg Starodubov split a pair of free throws.
But Germany, led by twin towers Niklas Kiel and Leon Kratzer reeled off an 8-2 run to lead 63-62 on Luis Figge's lay-up.
Timofey Yakushin hit back with a three for Russia as the lead changed hands for the tenth time in the game, but Kratzer's first jump-shot tied it before the next, with 1:36 to go, put Germany back in front for good.
Richard Freudenberg's three gave them a 71-67 lead with 27 seconds left, before Dmitrii Dobrynin halved the deficit with a jump-shot.
With six seconds left Jakob Merz missed two free throws to leave the door open, but Freudenberg blocked Starodubov's jump-shot at the buzzer and Germany clung on.
Kratzer led Germany with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Kiel had 16 and 12 boards, while Freudenberg had 14 points.
Starodubov finished with 15 points while Yakushin added 13 and Maxim Proshchenko had 12.