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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Basketball EM in Berlin: Germany beats Poland and celebrates EM bronze

As of: 09/18/2022 7:56 p.m

It wasn’t always nice to look at, but in the end the German basketball players were still able to celebrate: The DBB team beats Poland and wins bronze at the European Championships.

The DBB selection won on Sunday (September 18th, 2022) with 82:69 (36:23) and thus celebrated a more than conciliatory end to a partially inspiring European Championship. With the bronze medal, the Germans completed the EM medal set after gold in 1993 and silver in 2005. How important this medal was for the German selection was clearly visible on the faces of Dennis Schröder and Co.

“That’s really awesome. I think it’s nice that we were rewarded for a great six or seven weeks. It was really fun.”said young NBA star Franz Wagner about the coup. Schroeder added: “We made history. I hope we made German basketball sexier.”

Strong German defense, offense a bit rusty

After the semi-final defeat against Spain, the Germans initially started with a lot of long-distance throws, but only had moderate success with them at first. Because the Poles obviously had to shake off their clear bankruptcy against France a little and made a few mistakes on their part, this was not so important for the DBB. At the end of a moderately attractive first quarter, the Germans were leading by 19:14.

National coach Gordon Herbert initially tackled the entire second quarter of the three NBA players, offensively there was still sand in the gears, but the defense did a good job. The fact that things didn’t go well in attack didn’t change when Schröder was brought in again. Both teams had big problems against aggressive defences, both Schröder and Poland’s Mareusz Ponitka had already lost four turnovers in the middle of the quarter. It was the DBB team that found their line faster and now let the ball run better. Accordingly, it was 36:23 at halftime.

Poland with strong recovery

However, the Poles did not let themselves be shaken off, but showed great morale. After the third quarter it was suddenly only 54:49 from a German perspective. In the last part of the game, the Polish race to catch up continued and at 59:59 Herbert had to take a time-out. Again and again the Poles screwed in their three-point shots, Jakub Garbacz scored four out of four attempts from distance.

Johannes Thiemann, who had converted zero of four field attempts to date, then managed a difficult three, but Schröder missed the chance to pull away again and lost the ball. The Polish defense acted extremely attentively and always had a hand between the German passes. Shortly afterwards, the strong Jo Voigtmann converted two more threes to the cheers of the Berlin crowd, but the Poles stayed on. With 68:64 it went into the last five minutes of the game.

In the end more luck with the DBB – Voigtmann strong as a buck

However, the long-missing, happy hand when throwing had returned in time for the DBB team. Schröder sent two more threes through the trap, defensively Nick Weiler-Babb managed an important block – and finally the game was over. Best DBB players were Schröder with 26 points and six assists and the ubiquitous Voigtmann with 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

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