Germany enjoyed a good start in the Classification Round with a 62-59 win over Israel at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro on Monday afternoon.
This is the second win in a row for Germany in the championship, but first in this round, good enough for a 1-0 record, while Israel dropped to 0-1 and will try to recover quickly before things start to complicate.
The next day will feature a game between the two winners of the day - Germany and Latvia while Israel and Denmark will try to avoid trouble with a second loss.
The Israeli team recovered from minus 11 by limiting Germany to just a single point in the last three minutes, but moved as close as two points behind, and missed two chances to send the game to overtime, and saw a close game go in the German pocket.
Phillip Daubner led Germany with 12 points while Dominic Lockhart and Paul Zipser had 10 points each.
Maxim Kikus scored 16 for Israel followed by Egor Koulechov with 15 and 10 rebounds.
Germany ran 7-0 in the first four minutes but Israel answered with the exact same coin to take a 7-9 lead after seven minutes.
Daniel Sasson kept Israel active on the scoring board but Daubner filled that role on the other side and the teams were tied at 18-18 early in the second quarter.
Yaniv Solomon capped another seven unanswered points by Israel to make it 20-25 but now it was Germany's turn to make a run, and with nine points in a row take the lead and enter the half time break with a 33-29 lead.
Koulechnov scored his second three pointer and added another jumper to prevent Germany from taking off, but when the Germans attacked the rim Israel had to foul and the gap was extended to 47-38 with 11 minutes on the game clock.
Zipser marked the first double-digit difference in the game, 51-40, and after each side added 10 points the teams entered the last three minutes still separated by 11, but Israel gave one last effort to save the game before it was too late.
Kikus connected three pointers in 16 seconds, and Koulechnov added another with 97 seconds to play and all of a sudden it was just 61-59.
A German time out didn't make a change, and gave Israel a chance to complete the come back but two attempts rolled out and Zipser hit one from the line to set the final score of the game with 15 seconds still to play, before Israel missed their chance to force overtime.