European Basketball Championship: The German team advances to the round of 16

Franz Wagner is Germany’s top scorer. Photo: dpa/Federico Gambarini

The German basketball players have reached the round of 16 in the home tournament in the European Championship in the shortest possible time. After the team defeated Lithuania, France provided the necessary support to reach the final round.

Thanks to outside help, the German basketball players reached the round of 16 of the European Championship. After the victory of the French 78:74 (42:39) against outsiders Hungary, national coach Gordon Herbert’s team can no longer be dislodged from the top four of Group B. On Sunday, Germany beat joint favorite Lithuania after two overtimes 109:107 and thus achieved their third victory in the third game. On Tuesday (20:30 / Magentasport), the penultimate group match will be played against defending champion Slovenia with NBA star Luka Doncic.

NBA center Rudy Gobert convinced the French with 15 points and nine rebounds. Behind Germany, three teams in Slovenia, France and Bosnia-Herzegovina are tied with two wins each. Lithuania and Hungary, each with zero wins, are finding it increasingly difficult to reach the last 16.

Germany is the leader of the table

On Saturday (September 10) at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, we face Group B team Spain and Turkey. Germany is currently the leader of Group B. Franz Wagner was the top German scorer with 32 points in Cologne’s sold-out Lanxess Arena with 18,017 fans, Schröder had 25 points and eight assists. Jonas Valanciunas scored 34 points for Lithuania. The selection of the German Basketball Association (DBB) had previously beaten France and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

At the end of the group, European champions Slovenia around NBA superstar Luka Doncic and Hungary await on Tuesday and Wednesday (both at 20:30 / MagentaSport).

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