Spain traps Germany to find the Blues in the final!


The years pass, the players change, but Spain always knows how to win the important matches. Even if the golden generation of Gasol, Navarro, Llull and company is only represented by Rudy Fernandez, the « Roja » has thus once again demonstrated all its collective mastery by overcoming Germany at home, in Berlin!

Dennis Schröder is already showing his burst of speed but the Spanish strategy allows him to stay in contact, in particular by pressing on the Hernangomez brothers at the slightest physical advantage.

It was even Spain who made the first gap thanks to outside shots from the eternal Rudy Fernandez but Nick Weiler-Babb did a lot of defensive work to disrupt Lorenzo Brown’s set-up, Dennis Schröder raised his voice again, helped by Franz Wagner and Germany regain control of the match (51-46) at the break.

The offensive limits of Spain are displayed in the third quarter, and Germany takes up to 10 points in advance (71-61). We then say that the Mannschaft has the hand on the game but Lorenzo Brown, less whimsical or quick than Dennis Schröder, is very effective in keeping the Roja within reach (71-65) ten minutes from the end.

Sergio Scariolo’s magic box

As a master strategist, Sergio Scariolo had kept his secret for the end. Alberto Diaz sent to the box on Dennis Schröder, Germany lost their minds over this strategy, and the gap was shrinking.

Lorenzo Brown has adapted to the German defense and is running the Spanish shop, while the Mannschaft have completely lost their attacking rhythm. Dennis Schröder can no longer make a difference while his teammates, like Daniel Theis, miss almost everything. The public at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin is tense logically while it is Spain which points in the lead at the entrance of the « money time » of the meeting…

Sergio Scariolo’s “box and one” continued to break the German rhythm and Gordon Herbet’s troupe never managed to catch up. It would have taken a French miracle, but Willy Hernangomez does not tremble on the free throw line, and it is therefore the “Roja” who climbs into the final (96-91).

Sunday evening, France will therefore find its best enemy for the gold medal, from 8:30 p.m. A little earlier, at 5:15 p.m., Germany will play their side of the match for bronze against Poland.

Germany Shots Bounces
Players Minimum 2pts 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
Maodo Lo 16:51 0/2 3/7 0/0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 9
Niels Giffey 04:40 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Nick Weiler – babb 25:30 1/2 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 0 4 2 1 0 4
Johannes Voigtmann 16:34 1/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2
Franz Wagner 28:34 6/7 1/6 0/0 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 0 15
Daniel Theis 25:13 3/9 1/2 1/2 3 0 3 1 4 0 5 0 10
Dennis Schroder 35:39 8/10 3/7 5/5 0 1 1 8 3 2 2 0 30
Jonas Wohlfarth Bottermann 03:46 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Justus Hollatz
Johannes Thiemann 21:22 1/2 0/1 4/4 1 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 6
Andreas Obst 21:51 0/0 5/8 0/0 1 4 5 1 1 1 0 0 15
Christian Sengfelder
Spain Shots Bounces
Players Minimum 2pts 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
Lorenzo Brown 33:39 8/10 3/7 4/4 0 2 2 6 1 0 4 0 29
Jaime Pradilla 16:51 2/3 0/2 0/0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4
Rudy Fernandez 23:18 0/1 2/5 0/0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 6
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui 21:46 2/3 1/3 0/0 2 3 5 1 3 0 2 0 7
jaime fernandez 10:25 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0
Dario Brizuela 14:27 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 5
Alberto Diaz 16:37 3/3 1/3 1/1 0 2 2 2 5 1 0 0 10
Sebastian Saiz 01:22 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Willy Hernangomez 21:59 4/6 1/1 5/5 1 3 4 1 2 2 4 0 16
Usman Garuba 18:01 0/1 0/0 4/4 1 4 5 7 1 0 0 2 4
Juancho Hernangomez 21:35 5/6 1/4 0/0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 1 13
Joel Parra

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