Slovenia62-76

12-21, 22-13, 13-18, 15-24

Germany

 

Date: 23.09.2005, 18:00hVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 17500
Referees:  Lazaros Voreadis (GRE), Milivoje Jovcic (SRB), Anibal Castano (FRA)
TEAM LEADERS
Slovenia Germany
Sani Becirovic (13), Primoz Brezec (13)PtsDirk Nowitzki (22)
Bostjan Nachbar (8)RebPatrick Femerling (10)
Sani Becirovic (4)ASMithat Demirel (3)
Sani Becirovic (3), Marko Milic (3)STMarco Pesic (2), Demond Greene (2)
Radoslav Nesterovic (2)BSDirk Nowitzki (3)

GAME REPORT

23.09.2005
Team Effort Leads Germany To The Semi-finals

Behind the all-around play of Dirk Nowitzki, ample help from the supporting cast and a large run to start the fourth quarter, Germany silenced the large Slovenian crowd with a 76-62 victory over Slovenia in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket 2005.

Germany qualify for FIBA World Championship 2006 in Japan and will take on the winner of Spain's quarter-final with Croatia.

"The Slovenians underestimated us," said Nowitzki. "They said we were the team they wanted and that was wrong, you shouldn't do that in the quarter-finals."

While Nowitzki was his usual self with 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, guards Pascal Roller, Mithat Demirel and Demond Greene provided crucial offence as Germany upset the Slovenians.

The trio combined for seven of 11 from three-point range.

Roller, who made a pair of crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Demirel each had 15 points while Greene 10.

Mithat Demirel (Germany)
Mithat Demirel
The turning point in the game came midway through the third quarter when Sani Becirovic came up with a steal for Slovenia but missed his lay-up as Germany hustled back on defence.

Becirovic and his coach, Ales Pipan, complained that he had been fouled but the referee took exception and called a technical foul on Pipan.

Nowitzki made two free throws to start an 8-0 run that put Germany in command.

Germany then pressed home their advantage at the start of the fourth quarter.

With a 52-47 lead going into the fourth, Germany went on a 15-2 after a three-point shooting tear.

Roller opened with back-to-back threes, Robert Garret connected from the right wing and a Nowitzki bomb from the top of the key gave Germany a 66-49 lead with 6:05 remaining.

Germany cruised home from there and a jubilant German squad celebrated an upset victory. Supporters of both teams stood and applauded as the final buzzer sounded in appreciation of a hard-fought battle.

Slovenia were plagued by terrible shooting, particularly in the final quarter. The team with the top record in Group C shot 32% in the game – 28% in the fourth quarter when they also committed four turnovers.

For the third consecutive quarter-final, the team that finished in the top of their group failed to advance.

Greece upset Russia and France defeated Lithuania in the other quarter-final clashes.

Slovenia started slow, missing 11 of their first 13 attempts from the floor as Germany jumped out to a 13-4 lead. Nowitzki was accountable for just one field goal during the spurt.

Germany´s defence was intense and both Nowitzki and Patrick Femerling had emphatic blocks.

The run continued as Demirel hit his second three-pointer of the quarter to give the Germans a 19-6 lead. Nowitzki went to the bench for a breather with just over a minute remaining and Slovenia promptly scored the next five points.

Demirel continued his strong first quarter by hitting a driving lay-up with three seconds remaining and Germany finished the first quarter up 21-12 lead. Slovenia finished four-of-19 from the field in the first quarter.

Germany's impressive first quarter offence quickly went in a different direction in the second. The Germans didn't score for the first 5:24 after the restart, missing on their first 11 field goal attempts.

Nowitzki finally stopped the drought with a mid-range jumper. On Slovenia's ensuing possession, Primoz Brezec scored his eighth point of the second quarter with a lay-up to give Slovenia a 24-23 lead with 3:34 to go in the half.

Germany's offence got back on track as they hit their final three field goals, which included a Nowitzki four-point play. Jaka Lakovic´s three-pointer as time expired in the half tied the game at 34.

The teams went back and forth in the third until Germany opened a nine-point lead following three-pointers by Demond Greene and Pascal Roller with four minutes to go in the quarter. Slovenia cut the lead to five at 52-47 as the third quarter came to a close.

Slovenia suffered their first loss of EuroBasket 2005 and will try to beat the loser of Spain-Croatia in order to secure a top six finish which is needed to qualify for the FIBA World Championship.

Top performers

Slovenia Germany

Sani Becirovic

 

Dirk Nowitzki

13Pts22
5Reb9
4AS2
3ST1
0BS3

Accumulated statistics

Slovenia Germany
20/63FG M/A24/57
14/41 (34.1%) FG2P M/A13/34 (38.2%)
6/22 (27.3%) FG3P M/A11/23 (47.8%)
16/27 (59.3%) FT M/A17/21 (81.0%)
42 (15-27) Reb (O-D) 40 (9-31)
8AS9
14TO16
8ST8
4BS5
26PF26
62Pts76

PHOTO GALLERY

SLOVENIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Jurak, G. 131/333.31/250.00/10.00/20.0202000042
*5Lakovic, J. 373/1127.31/520.02/633.34/666.71231210212
6Capin, A. DNP
*7Becirovic, S. 334/1136.42/633.32/540.03/650.01454230213
*8Nesterovic, R. 202/922.22/825.00/10.00/00.0044020244
9Joksimovic, N. DNP
*10Nachbar, B. 313/1323.12/825.01/520.02/450.0448111139
11Lorbek, E. 262/633.31/250.01/425.01/250.0134110046
12Milic, M. 201/333.31/333.30/00.01/1100.0145133153
13Maravic, M. DNP
14Slokar, U. DNP
15Brezec, P. 204/757.14/757.10/00.05/683.34260300113
TEAM/COACH14501
TOTAL20/ 6331.714/ 4134.16/ 2227.316/2759.3152742814842662
GERMANY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Demirel, M. 184/4100.01/1100.03/3100.04/580.00113100315
5Garrett, R. 141/250.00/00.01/250.00/00.0022011013
*6Greene, D. 284/850.02/540.02/366.70/10.00331120210
*7Pesic, M. 210/30.00/20.00/10.00/00.0011022040
8Wucherer, D. 121/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0112110022
*9Roller, P. 275/1050.02/540.03/560.02/2100.01342210315
10Nikagbatse, M. DNP
11Schultze, S. 30/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0011000010
12Arigbabu, S. DNP
*13Femerling, P. 302/633.32/633.30/00.02/2100.03710031226
*14Nowitzki, D. 376/1833.34/1040.02/825.08/988.92792313422
15Maras, R. 101/333.31/333.30/00.01/250.0112000033
TEAM/COACH14521
TOTAL24/ 5742.113/ 3438.211/ 2347.817/2181.093140916852676
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

Slovenia Germany

Sani Becirovic

 

Dirk Nowitzki

13Pts22
5Reb9
4AS2
3ST1
0BS3
33Min37

TEAM STATS

Slovenia Germany
20/63FG M/A24/57
14/41 (34.1%) FG2P M/A13/34 (38.2%)
6/22 (27.3%) FG3P M/A11/23 (47.8%)
16/27 (59.3%) FT M/A17/21 (81.0%)
42 (15-27) Reb (O-D) 40 (9-31)
8AS9
14TO16
8ST8
4BS5
26PF26
62Pts76

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeSLOVENIAScoreGERMANY
09:5810 B. Nachbar block   
09:47   7 M. Pesic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
09:4010 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 2 - 0 
09:1513 P. Femerling Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:035 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:034 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
08:46 2 - 2 13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:288 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
08:194 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
08:09   9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:097 S. Becirovic Def. Rebound   
08:037 S. Becirovic Turnover (Other)   7 M. Pesic Steal
08:037 S. Becirovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
07:45   7 M. Pesic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 D. Nowitzki
07:39 2 - 4 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:32   7 M. Pesic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
07:175 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 4 - 4 
06:54   6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 P. Femerling
06:36 4 - 6 9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:184 G. Jurak 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
06:11 4 - 8 6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:488 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Alley-oop) missed   5 J. Lakovic Def. Rebound
05:48   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
05:38   6 D. Greene 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:215 J. Lakovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   6 D. Greene Steal
05:14 4 - 10 9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:534 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 10 B. Nachbar 
  
04:5010 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
04:50   13 P. Femerling block
04:45   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
04:3210 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
04:197 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:198 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
04:19   Substitution: 13 P. Femerling out,
15 R. Maras in
04:19   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
8 D. Wucherer in
04:0712 M. Milic Steal   9 P. Roller Turnover (Backcourt violation)
04:07 Def. Rebound   
04:02   6 D. Greene Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
03:5510 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 G. Jurak 
  
03:47   9 P. Roller Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
03:47   Substitution: 9 P. Roller out,
4 M. Demirel in
03:407 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   8 D. Wucherer Def. Rebound
03:40   14 D. Nowitzki block
03:32 4 - 13 4 M. Demirel 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:078 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:07    Def. Rebound
03:07Timeout   
02:5710 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:328 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 G. Jurak 
  
02:264 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 6 - 13 
02:234 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   
02:23Substitution: 4 G. Jurak out,
12 M. Milic in 
  
02:23 6 - 14 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:23 6 - 15 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:055 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:058 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)   
02:05Substitution: 8 R. Nesterovic out,
15 P. Brezec in 
  
02:05   Substitution: 6 D. Greene out,
5 R. Garrett in
02:05   15 R. Maras Free throw missed(1/2)
02:05 6 - 16 15 R. Maras Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:5010 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:49    Def. Rebound
01:33 6 - 19 4 M. Demirel 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:16   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
01:16   Substitution: 14 D. Nowitzki out,
11 S. Schultze in
01:1412 M. Milic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Becirovic 
8 - 19 
01:14   15 R. Maras Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)
01:14Substitution: 10 B. Nachbar out,
11 E. Lorbek in 
  
01:1412 M. Milic Free throw MADE(1/1) 9 - 19 
00:53   8 D. Wucherer Turnover (Ball Handling)
00:485 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 P. Brezec 
  
00:48   15 R. Maras Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
00:4815 P. Brezec Free throw MADE(1/2) 10 - 19 
00:4815 P. Brezec Free throw MADE(2/2) 11 - 19 
00:3412 M. Milic Def. Rebound   15 R. Maras 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:2015 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   11 S. Schultze Def. Rebound
00:03 11 - 21 4 M. Demirel 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:0315 P. Brezec Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)   
00:0315 P. Brezec Def. Rebound   4 M. Demirel Free throw missed(1/1)
00:01   11 S. Schultze Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)
00:0115 P. Brezec Free throw MADE(1/2) 12 - 21 
00:0115 P. Brezec Free throw missed(2/2)   5 R. Garrett Def. Rebound
TimeSLOVENIAScoreGERMANY
09:4315 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 12 M. Milic 
  
09:37   14 D. Nowitzki block
09:3512 M. Milic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
09:12    Turnover (24 secs)
09:12 Def. Rebound   
08:517 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 J. Lakovic 
  
08:445 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:44   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
08:295 J. Lakovic Def. Rebound   5 R. Garrett 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:1811 E. Lorbek 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 14 - 21 
07:5315 P. Brezec Def. Rebound   13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:4615 P. Brezec Turnover (Other)   
07:46    Def. Rebound
07:46   Substitution: 4 M. Demirel out,
9 P. Roller in
07:29   13 P. Femerling Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:297 S. Becirovic Steal   
07:27   5 R. Garrett Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
07:27Timeout   
07:127 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
06:577 S. Becirovic Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:3712 M. Milic Turnover (Other)   14 D. Nowitzki Steal
06:32Substitution: 12 M. Milic out,
10 B. Nachbar in 
  
06:32   Substitution: 5 R. Garrett out,
6 D. Greene in
06:29   14 D. Nowitzki Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Offensive foul)
06:23   9 P. Roller Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
06:047 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:5915 P. Brezec Off. Rebound   
05:5915 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE 16 - 21 
05:47   9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 D. Nowitzki
05:39   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:38    Off. Rebound
05:33   9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 P. Femerling
05:2710 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:24   13 P. Femerling Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
05:2415 P. Brezec Free throw MADE(1/2) 17 - 21 
05:2415 P. Brezec Free throw MADE(2/2) 18 - 21 
05:097 S. Becirovic Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:01   7 M. Pesic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
05:0110 B. Nachbar Free throw missed(1/2)   
05:0110 B. Nachbar Free throw MADE(2/2) 19 - 21 
04:44   6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:4311 E. Lorbek Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
04:43Substitution: 7 S. Becirovic out,
12 M. Milic in 
  
04:34 19 - 23 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:32 Foul drawn    Personal Foul
04:325 J. Lakovic Free throw missed(1/2)   
04:325 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 20 - 23 
04:1910 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 10 B. Nachbar 
  
04:1210 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 22 - 23 
03:5210 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:3415 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 B. Nachbar 
24 - 23 
03:34Timeout   
03:1612 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
03:04 24 - 25 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:425 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 27 - 25 
02:18 27 - 28 14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 P. Roller
02:185 J. Lakovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
02:18 27 - 29 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/1)
02:0315 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 E. Lorbek 
29 - 29 
01:4211 E. Lorbek Def. Rebound   7 M. Pesic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:27   9 P. Roller Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)
01:27   Substitution: 13 P. Femerling out,
15 R. Maras in
01:27   Substitution: 9 P. Roller out,
8 D. Wucherer in
01:27   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
4 M. Demirel in
01:275 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 30 - 29 
01:275 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 31 - 29 
01:02 31 - 32 6 D. Greene 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 M. Demirel
00:3915 P. Brezec Turnover (3 secs)   
00:20 31 - 34 15 R. Maras 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 D. Greene
00:20Timeout   
00:025 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 34 - 34 
TimeSLOVENIAScoreGERMANY
09:41   7 M. Pesic Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
7 M. Pesic Turnover (Offensive foul)
09:325 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   
09:32   14 D. Nowitzki block
09:28   4 M. Demirel Def. Rebound
09:12 34 - 36 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 M. Demirel
08:4611 E. Lorbek 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:46   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
08:24 34 - 39 4 M. Demirel 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 14 D. Nowitzki
07:588 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
07:468 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
07:45   7 M. Pesic Turnover (Bad Pass)
07:455 J. Lakovic Steal   
07:425 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   7 M. Pesic Def. Rebound
07:228 R. Nesterovic Block
8 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound 
  6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
07:038 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Becirovic 
36 - 39 
06:50   13 P. Femerling Turnover (Bad Pass)
06:507 S. Becirovic Steal   
06:467 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 38 - 39 
06:30 38 - 41 13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 4 M. Demirel
06:098 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Becirovic 
40 - 41 
05:527 S. Becirovic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
05:52   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
9 P. Roller in
05:52   Substitution: 4 M. Demirel out,
5 R. Garrett in
05:4210 B. Nachbar Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
05:32   9 P. Roller Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:327 S. Becirovic Steal   
05:277 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   9 P. Roller Def. Rebound
05:25 Personal Foul    Foul drawn
05:25 40 - 42 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
05:25 40 - 43 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
05:038 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:485 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
04:48   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
04:27 40 - 46 6 D. Greene 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 P. Roller
04:24   Substitution: 13 P. Femerling out,
15 R. Maras in
04:068 R. Nesterovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   5 R. Garrett Steal
04:00 40 - 49 9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:59Timeout   
03:43   14 D. Nowitzki Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
03:43Substitution: 7 S. Becirovic out,
12 M. Milic in 
  
03:4310 B. Nachbar Free throw missed(1/2)   
03:4310 B. Nachbar Free throw MADE(2/2) 41 - 49 
03:38   6 D. Greene Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
6 D. Greene Turnover (Offensive foul)
03:178 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
02:56   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 R. Maras
02:53   15 R. Maras 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
02:538 R. Nesterovic block   
02:518 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   
02:4012 M. Milic Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
12 M. Milic Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
02:40Substitution: 8 R. Nesterovic out,
15 P. Brezec in 
  
02:2211 E. Lorbek Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:1310 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 E. Lorbek 
  
02:11   15 R. Maras Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
02:11   Substitution: 6 D. Greene out,
8 D. Wucherer in
02:1111 E. Lorbek Free throw missed(1/2)   
02:1111 E. Lorbek Free throw MADE(2/2) 42 - 49 
01:5011 E. Lorbek Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
01:50   Substitution: 5 R. Garrett out,
7 M. Pesic in
01:50 42 - 50 9 P. Roller Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:50 42 - 51 9 P. Roller Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:3411 E. Lorbek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 J. Lakovic 
45 - 51 
01:2611 E. Lorbek Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
01:26Substitution: 10 B. Nachbar out,
7 S. Becirovic in 
  
01:26   14 D. Nowitzki Free throw missed(1/2)
01:26 45 - 52 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:26   Substitution: 14 D. Nowitzki out,
11 S. Schultze in
01:0611 E. Lorbek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:06   15 R. Maras Def. Rebound
00:4312 M. Milic Def. Rebound   11 S. Schultze 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:3512 M. Milic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 P. Brezec 
  
00:2715 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE 47 - 52 
00:12   11 S. Schultze 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 P. Roller
00:10    Turnover (24 secs)
00:005 J. Lakovic Turnover (Other)   9 P. Roller Steal
TimeSLOVENIAScoreGERMANY
09:4615 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 15 P. Brezec 
  
09:46   13 P. Femerling block
09:41   13 P. Femerling Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
09:27   7 M. Pesic Steal
09:277 S. Becirovic Turnover (Other)   
09:23   9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 8 D. Wucherer
09:2312 M. Milic block   
09:13 47 - 54 8 D. Wucherer 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:00   7 M. Pesic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)
09:00   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
5 R. Garrett in
09:004 G. Jurak Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:004 G. Jurak Free throw missed(2/2)   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
08:41 47 - 57 9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 D. Wucherer
08:237 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:23   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
08:15 47 - 60 9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:15Timeout   
08:15Substitution: 7 S. Becirovic out,
10 B. Nachbar in 
  
08:15Substitution: 5 J. Lakovic out,
7 S. Becirovic in 
  
07:5615 P. Brezec Turnover (Other)   13 P. Femerling Steal
07:4312 M. Milic Steal   5 R. Garrett Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:2710 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:27   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
07:16 47 - 63 5 R. Garrett 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 14 D. Nowitzki
07:037 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 49 - 63 
06:4412 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
06:32 49 - 66 14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:21   8 D. Wucherer Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
06:14   8 D. Wucherer Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
06:05   14 D. Nowitzki Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
06:05   Substitution: 9 P. Roller out,
4 M. Demirel in
06:057 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 50 - 66 
06:057 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)   
06:03 Off. Rebound   
06:03   Substitution: 8 D. Wucherer out,
6 D. Greene in
05:5210 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   5 R. Garrett Def. Rebound
05:4910 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
05:4910 B. Nachbar Off. Rebound   
05:3912 M. Milic Steal   4 M. Demirel Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:29   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
05:29Substitution: 10 B. Nachbar out,
5 J. Lakovic in 
  
05:297 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 51 - 66 
05:297 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
05:1312 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)   
05:13Substitution: 15 P. Brezec out,
11 E. Lorbek in 
  
05:1211 E. Lorbek Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)   
05:0912 M. Milic Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:0211 E. Lorbek Turnover (Bad Pass)   6 D. Greene Steal
05:005 J. Lakovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
04:554 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)    Foul drawn
04:55Substitution: 4 G. Jurak out,
8 R. Nesterovic in 
  
04:55 51 - 67 13 P. Femerling Free throw MADE(1/2)
04:55 51 - 68 13 P. Femerling Free throw MADE(2/2)
04:41   14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Travelling)
04:41 Def. Rebound   
04:41   Substitution: 5 R. Garrett out,
9 P. Roller in
04:297 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 M. Milic 
54 - 68 
04:29Timeout   
04:11 54 - 70 6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:118 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 4th)   
04:1112 M. Milic Def. Rebound   6 D. Greene Free throw missed(1/1)
03:5611 E. Lorbek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 P. Roller Def. Rebound
03:5412 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 5th)   
03:54Substitution: 12 M. Milic out,
10 B. Nachbar in 
  
03:54 54 - 71 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:54 54 - 72 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:45   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 3rd)
03:455 J. Lakovic Free throw missed(1/2)   
03:455 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 55 - 72 
03:23   13 P. Femerling Turnover (Out of bounds)
03:23 Def. Rebound   
03:1211 E. Lorbek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 10 B. Nachbar 
  
03:1010 B. Nachbar Turnover (Travelling)   
02:4910 B. Nachbar Steal   14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Ball Handling)
02:4510 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
02:45   9 P. Roller Def. Rebound
02:25   9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 P. Femerling
02:23   13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
02:238 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   
02:167 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 58 - 72 
01:527 S. Becirovic Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:46   14 D. Nowitzki Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 4th)
01:46Timeout   
01:467 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(1/2)   
01:467 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 59 - 72 
01:2111 E. Lorbek Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:1410 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Becirovic 
62 - 72 
00:5910 B. Nachbar Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 2nd)   
00:59 62 - 73 4 M. Demirel Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:59 62 - 74 4 M. Demirel Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:505 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 S. Becirovic 
  
00:4310 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
00:2310 B. Nachbar Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 3rd)   
00:23 62 - 75 4 M. Demirel Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:23 62 - 76 4 M. Demirel Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:148 R. Nesterovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:13    Def. Rebound

Accumulated statistics

Slovenia Germany
20/63FG M/A24/57
14/41 (34.1%) FG2P M/A13/34 (38.2%)
6/22 (27.3%) FG3P M/A11/23 (47.8%)
16/27 (59.3%) FT M/A17/21 (81.0%)
42 (15-27) Reb (O-D) 40 (9-31)
8AS9
14TO16
8ST8
4BS5
26PF26
62Pts76

top performers

Slovenia Germany

Sani Becirovic

 

Dirk Nowitzki

13Pts22
5Reb9
4AS2
3ST1
0BS3
33Min37

GAME PREVIEW

23.09.2005
Team Dirk Go For Upset Against Slovenia

David against Goliath may be over-doing it a bit. But Slovenia are still clear favourites going into their quarter-final showdown with Germany Friday at the 2005 EuroBasket.

The Slovenians - playing in the final eight for the first time in their seventh straight trip to the continental championships - on paper look like they will have little problem with Germany. But Germany have one player no one can underestimate - Dirk Nowitzki.

"It's not a secret that Germany build their team around Dirk Nowitzki," Slovenian floor general Jaka Lakovic said. "It's impossible to stop him. He'll score his 25 points or more."

Marco Pesic (Germany)
Germany are hoping Marco Pesic will rediscover his shooting touch against Slovenia
Nowitzki has actually scored a tournament-high 27.8 points per game while averaging a tourney-best 12.3 rebounds a night as well.

"It will be really tough, especially because of Dirk Nowitzki," Slovenia captian Rasho Nesterovic said. "He's really an outstanding player. You cannot stop him."

Goran Jurak is the man who will most likely be given the unwelcome challenge of guarding Dirk.

"If I'm in a position to defend Dirk it will be great challenge for me," he said. "I know I can't stop him by myself and that I'll need help."

But Slovenia will be hesitant to focus solely on Nowitzki.

"We have to make Dirk take a lot of tough shots. But we're also aware that Germany is not only Nowitzki," Lakovic added. "So we have to be careful the other guys don't score much."

Germany know they have a big task ahead of them. But they are confident.

"Individually they're strong, but they don't scare us," German coach Dirk Bauermann said. "They're the stronger team on paper, and yes they've matured since the last tournament (where they finished 10th).

"But the Slovenians are not impenetrable. I don't know about our chances in a seven-game series. But over 40 minutes, if we're fit and we believe in ourselves and play with a lot of passion and have Dirk Nowitzki - then anything is possible in 40 minutes."

One thing Germany are aware of is the danger of falling behind double digits to Slovenia like they did against Italy, Russia and Turkey.

"At the beginning (of games) we pass too much and don't shoot enough," Nowitzki said. "Maybe we're too anxious. But anybody who's open has to make their shots."

"Once we're down like that we play with a sense of urgency which we don't when we're not," Bauermann said. "But that's still very dangerous against Slovenia."

The coach knows he can rely on Nowitzki to get his points. But he doesn't know where the other help will come from.

"Dirk will bring the same performance as he did against Turkey (33 points and 10 rebounds). I assume that. But others will have to step up for us to win," Bauermann said.

He said he expects Patrick Femerling to help with 8 to 12 points from the center position. And he's expecting big things from Marco Pesic.

"(Pesic) understands what this is all about. He was able to expose some holes in the defense with drives in the Turkey game. And being a Serb, he'll have a great will to win," Bauermann said. "I really expect him to step it up. He doesn't define himself as a shooter. He can call upon various ways to beat you."

The coach said Pesic is bound to break out of his shooting slump: 1-for-11 from behind the three-point stripe.

"He just needs to make one and he'll be on track," Bauermann said of Pesic.

Even if the team is struggling offensively, Nowitzi said they have to keep fighting on the defense.

"We've been able to to stay in games even though not much has been working on offense. But we've pulled ourselves together, and we've been able to fight back," Nowitzki said.

David's chances weren't too high against Goliath. Who knows?