|Stéphane Gombauld once more came to rescue for France, pouring in 17 points and pulling down 6 rebounds|
France edged out Germany in a tense battle for a shot at fifth place in the U16 European Championship Men.
Stephane Gombauld scored 17 points and Luc Loubaki had 14 as France held off Germany in a close fourth period.
The contest swung this way and that over the course of the opening three quarters.
France led in the early going after a 7-0 run early on, but Germany turned it around with a 15-2 spurt in the second quarter, Jakob Merz scoring six of them as they went 25-16 ahead.
Amine Noua's three quickly brought France back within three points and they continued to cut away at the deficit in the third quarter, before using an 8-0 spurt to lead 42-36 on Antoine Blaess' three-pointer.
Germany were back within two when Leon Kratzer opened the scoring in the fourth quarter and a tense battle followed as the teams traded blows.
Richard Freudenberg's three-pointer tied the game at 49-49 with 4:10 to go but having got back on level terms, Germany could not get their noses in front and a three-point play from Gombauld made it 55-51 with 2:38 to go.
Both defences stood tall and time had ticked down to less than a minute to go before the score changed again, with Niklas Kiel splitting a pair of free throws for Germany.
When Gombauld missed for France Kratzer grabbed the rebound and drew a foul for Germany, also splitting the free throws as the gap dropped to two with 30 seconds left.
Germany needed a stop but could not get it as a smart France move ended with Gombauld floating a long two for a four second edge with 15 ticks left.
When Kiel missed a three Germany were forced to foul, and Loubaki split a pair from the line to ice it for France, who will now play Croatia for fifth place and a ticket to the U17 FIBA World Championship.
Kiel led Germany with 12 points.