|14 July 2014|
|Malik Müller led the charge for Germany with 19 points |
Germany enjoyed an impressive 78-42 success over the Czech Republic on Monday, in the opening game of Group H action in the Classification Games for 13th to 20th Place at the U20 European Championship.
Turning Point: Germany were leading by the slimmest of margins, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter but commenced the second quarter with a 17-4 burst, which Maximilian Ugrai capped off from the foul line with 2:07 remaining to the half-time buzzer, to give them a 39-25 cushion.
Game Hero: Malik Müller had a good shooting night, reached double digits in scoring early in the third quarter and set the pace for Germany on offence. The shooting guard finished on a game-high 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor.
Stats Don't Lie: The Czechs struggled in the face of German defence, bizarrely more so the closer they got to the German basket, as they shot a decent 6-of-21 (28.5%) from beyond the three-point arc but only 8-for-36 (22%) from two-point range.
The Bottom Line: Germany have started off the battle for survival in the best possible way, sending a message of intimidation throughout Group H. The Czechs are yet without a win in this championship and currently bottom of the group, together with Russia.