Germany86-81

23-15, 22-23, 19-13, 22-30

Israel

 

Date: 05.09.2003, 15:15hGroup:  BVenue:   Norrköping (SWE) Spectators: 2444
Referees:  Lazaros Voreadis (GRE), Vladimir Okhrimenko (RUS)
TEAM LEADERS
Germany Israel
Dirk Nowitzki (17), Ademola Okulaja (17)PtsMeir Tapiro (21)
Ademola Okulaja (10)RebYoav Saffar (6)
Mithat Demirel (4)ASYotam Halperin (2), Tal Burstein (2)
Dirk Nowitzki (3)STYoav Saffar (3)
Patrick Femerling (1)BSYaniv Green (1)

GAME REPORT

05.09.2003
Germany 86 Israel 81

The favourites from Germany took an expected victory when Euro 2003 tipped off in Norrköping. But Israel got closer and closer at the end of the game. In their hunt for the Germans, they committed too many fouls and failed to get even. Germany won the first game with 86-81.
 

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Stefano Garris (Germany)
There was a nervous start from both teams, more errors than quality moves. Israel made the first championship points by Yakov Green, but eventually the Germans got their game going. Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki had a "band aid" in form of Yoav Saffar, so instead of him, Malaga's Ademola Okulaja led Germany to a comfortable lead, 23-15, after ten minutes.

When the second quarter started, Germany's coach Henrik Dettmann chose to let his best players sit on the bench. Israel responded and shot five straight points. Nowitzki and Okulaja came on the court again. Israel did not have the best concentration in their shots, Germany took many rebounds and attacked with speed. Nevertheless, Israel won the second quarter with one point. But Germany was still the better team.

After the half time break, Germany continued to score the easy points, while Israel had to fight harder for theirs. Both teams were not looking very sharp, and the scoring was low. Israel's Meir Tapiro was the exception and kept his team in the game with some good 3-pointers.

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Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
At the beginning of the last quarter, Germany got an aggressive start. Three straight steals led the Germans from 64-51 to 70-51 and the game looked like it was over. But perhaps the Germans took it a bit too easy, because Israel responded well. They shot well from distance, and soon there was only four points up (80-76) for Germany. But Israel failed to close the whole gap. They conducted too many fouls, Germany scored on free throws and won with 86-81.

"Too bad, we were really close at the end of the game. But we did too many stupid things when we needed our points. But this was still a step forward for us", said Israel's Yoav Saffar.

"My foot still hurts, but I want to play", explained Germany's Ademola Okulaja.

Top performers

Germany Israel

Ademola Okulaja

 

Meir Tapiro

17Pts21
10Reb2
2AS1
2ST2
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Germany Israel
29/49FG M/A28/66
23/37 (62.2%) FG2P M/A21/44 (47.7%)
6/12 (50.0%) FG3P M/A7/22 (31.8%)
22/35 (62.9%) FT M/A18/27 (66.7%)
32 (7-25) Reb (O-D) 26 (8-18)
11AS8
21TO15
9ST13
1BS1
24PF29
86Pts81

PHOTO GALLERY

GERMANY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Demirel, M. 272/540.02/366.70/20.02/450.0202411056
5Okulaja, A. 296/966.76/966.70/00.05/862.537102220217
6Lütcke, J. 111/333.31/1100.00/20.00/00.0022011022
7Pesic, M. 182/450.00/10.02/366.75/683.30222600111
8Schultze, S. DNP
9Hamann, S. 82/366.72/366.70/00.00/20.0011011024
10Nikagbatse, M. 50/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000030010
11Garris, S. 224/757.11/333.33/475.00/00.01561200311
12Arigbabu, S. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011010010
13Femerling, P. 305/683.35/683.30/00.06/785.71561111316
14Nowitzki, D. 366/1154.55/1050.01/1100.04/757.10221330317
15Maras, R. 101/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/10.0000000012
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL29/ 4959.223/ 3762.26/ 1250.022/3562.9725321121912486
ISRAEL
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Katz, E. 60/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0101000010
5Halperin, Y. 153/560.02/2100.01/333.30/00.0000211017
6Sharp, D. 120/30.00/20.00/10.02/2100.0112000012
7Mizrahi, M. 70/20.00/00.00/20.00/00.0011101010
8Sheinfeld, I. 182/366.72/366.70/00.03/475.0011012057
9Shelef, G. 283/933.33/837.50/10.03/650.0224151049
10Burstein, T. 284/1040.03/742.91/333.31/250.00332520410
11Tapiro, M. 238/1266.74/757.14/580.01/250.00221120121
12Saffar, Y. 334/944.43/3100.01/616.72/450.02461130311
13Kozikaro, I. 102/450.02/450.00/00.06/785.71230110510
14Green, Y. 162/633.32/633.30/00.00/00.0112000134
15Gordon, S. 30/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011000000
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL28/ 6642.421/ 4447.77/ 2231.818/2766.7818268151312981
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Germany Israel

Ademola Okulaja

 

Meir Tapiro

17Pts21
10Reb2
2AS1
2ST2
0BS0
29Min23

TEAM STATS

Germany Israel
29/49FG M/A28/66
23/37 (62.2%) FG2P M/A21/44 (47.7%)
6/12 (50.0%) FG3P M/A7/22 (31.8%)
22/35 (62.9%) FT M/A18/27 (66.7%)
32 (7-25) Reb (O-D) 26 (8-18)
11AS8
21TO15
9ST13
1BS1
24PF29
86Pts81