Germany Cruise Past Spain

28.07.2012

U16 MEN

By Jared Grellet

8. Jan Wimberg (Germany)
Jan Wimberg once more topped German scoring in the win over Spain with 16 points

Turning Point: There was no turning point in this game. Germany established a big buffer early and never looked in any threat of losing.

Game Hero: The entire German team played their part in this win with 10 of the 11 players used by Harald Stein getting their name on the scoresheet.

Stats Don't Lie: Germany shot at 77.8% from the field in the opening half, compared to Spain who only made 32.4% of their shots from the floor.

Germany will tussle with Poland on Sunday for fifth place at the Dadu U16 European Championship Men following their 88-64 victory over Spain on Saturday.

The victory was their most resounding of the tournament, albeit against a flat Spanish side who failed to get back up following their shock loss to Serbia on Friday in which they conceded a 16-point lead.

German head coach Harald Stein has employed a heavy bench rotation throughout the tournament and the case was no different on Saturday with all 11 fit German players already clocking significant court time in the opening quarter.

After injuring his ankle in his team's quarter-final loss an evening previous, Joschka Ferner could only look on from the bench.

Stein was rewarded for his faith in using his whole team as they shot at an impressive 76.9% from the field, allowing them to develop an eight-point lead against a Spanish team shooting at 29.4%.

Germany maintained their high shooting percentage in the second frame, increasing their lead to 19 by the time the buzzer sounded.

Failing to make a three-pointer in three quarters against Turkey, Germany already had 12 points on four-for-five shooting from beyond the arc in the opening half.

Spain sensed a slight hint of a comeback midway through the third quarter as Germany's shooting accuracy began to drop, allowing the Spaniards to bring the deficit back to 14 points.

But a German timeout broke the Spanish momentum and with a period remaining the lead stayed at 16 points and never came under threat again.

Jan Wimberg finished with a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double whilst Mahir Agva and Kevin Casper both chipped in with 13 points.

David Martinez was the best of the Spanish with 13 points.


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