Beginning of 4th quarter
Germany is leading 57:56 against Poland before the last quarter. Actually, the DBB selection seemed to be slowly taking control, but could not really break away. Too often mistakes creep in offensively to force the decision.
Great game by Gavin Schilling! Dennis Schröder misses the three, but Schilling is there and taps the offensive rebound into the ring.
The DBB selection has to be careful now. They give up the offensive rebound several times and in the end the points come from Olek Balcerowski. Poland is now back to a point.
Strong defense by Lukas Wank. Mateusz Ponitka tries to put him up on the right flank, but Wank counters it. In the end he also blocks the fade-away finish of the Pole and thus forces a step error.
Germany is now playing with Hollatz and Schröder and that doesn’t work so badly at first. After a pass from Schröder, Hollatz attacked from the left corner and pinned the ball back to Schilling under the basket. He almost loses the ball, but can still complete it with a hook throw.
Good phase of the DBB selection, but Poland stays tuned for now. On a throw in from the baseline, AJ Slaughter is released well on the left wing and he sinks straight for three over Kenneth Ogbe. The Germans don’t get Slaughter under control today, he already has 24 points.
Poland tries again to score on post-up situations. This time, however, David Krämer countered Michał Sokołowski well and forced the miss.
Good passing by the DBB selection leads to a three by Kenneth Ogbe. The ball runs well from left to right to Ogbe on the wing, who sends Justus Hollatz’s pass through the ring.
Poland got off to a better start in the third quarter. Johannes Voigtmann’s pass into the left corner is started by Mateusz Ponitka and Poland go straight into the fast break. Dennis Schröder first prevented Michał Sokołowski from scoring with a foul on the basket, but Sokołowski converted at least one of his two free throws.
Let’s continue in Bremen. David Kramer starts the second half for the battered Isaac Bong. In the first attack, Dennis Schröder has a direct, successful pass to Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann in the zone, who completes the turn.
Beginning of 3rd quarter
After the first half, Germany leads 40:36 against Poland. In the first 20 minutes, the Polish team tried to complicate the goals of the DBB selection with a deep defense. Germany had great difficulties with this for a long time and found very little rhythm offensively. But towards the end of the half, Dennis Schröder in particular was able to punish the sinking again and again and thus brought the DBB selection back in front. After the inefficient game against Estonia, he already has 18 points today, with four three-pointers hit.
Now Schröder’s threesome falls! Again he gets too much space on the right wing and resolutely sinks Johannes Voigtmann’s pass for three points.
Another good game by Christian Sengfelder. Dennis Schröder finds him deep in the zone with good position and Sengfelder finishes quickly with a layup after a spin to the basket.
Dennis Schröder brings the DDB selection back into the lead. First he knocks the ball out of Jakub Schenk and goes straight through to the opponent’s basket. Christian Sengfelder also switches quickly and plays the long pass to Schröder for an open layup.
Things are not looking good for Isaac Bonga. On the sidelines, he’s about to have an ice pack tied to his ankle.
Important threesome by David Krämer. First he looks for the pass to Christian Sengfelder in the low post, then sprints to the left corner to get the ball back from Sengfelder. Without hesitation, Krämer presses and his degree is in.
Poland still leaves Schröder completely open on the line of three, but he cannot punish it. On the right wing, Kolenda sinks to the free-throw line, but Schröder’s three-point attempt jumps out again.
Good help from David Kramer. When Michał Sokołowski drove, he pushed himself in front of the Poles and got the offensive foul.
Poland is looking for a switch in the low post. Olek Balcerowski tries to throw a hook from the left through the middle, but Isaac Bonga is there and forces the miss.
Now a well-played attack by the DBB selection, but again the three-way attempt didn’t end in the ring. David Krämer finds the rolling Christian Sengfelder, who plays well back into the right corner to a completely free Lukas Wank. However, his degree fails.
Beginning of 2nd quarter
After the first quarter it is balanced in Bremen. So far, the DBB selection has been looking for a degree from outside, with only limited success so far. Otherwise there has been a lack of creativity on the offensive so far. Nevertheless, it is 19:19 after the first ten minutes.
He has just missed two more, but this time he makes the much more difficult throw. With the shot clock running out, he sinks the step-back three-pointer from above over AJ Slaughter with a foul by the Pole. The bonus free throw is also in place and as a result, Kramer brings the DBB selection back in front.
David Krämer leaves two open threes from the right corner, but Germany works well on the offensive board. The ball ends up with Christian Sengfelder, who puts the rebound in the basket.
Poland takes the lead for the first time. Dennis Schröder tries the pass into the zone, but the pass is intercepted by Mateusz Ponitka. In the fast break he sets the pace directly and rewards himself with points on the other side.
Again Schröder has a lot of space on the line of three and sinks the ball directly. The NBA professional seems to have big plans here today.
Made strong by Poland. Isaac Bonga sleeps on a backdoor cut, allowing Mateusz Ponitka to reverse lay up. Bonga seems to have twisted a bit beforehand though.
Dennis Schröder immediately hits his first threesome! Michał Sokołowski falls very far and Schröder punishes it directly with a goal.
It starts in Bremen and after the tip-off there are points for Germany. The ball bounces forward and Isaac Bonga is the quickest in thought. He converts a pass from Kenneth Ogbe with a dunk.
Poland starts with Olek Balcerowski, Michał Sokołowski, AJ Slaughter, Mateusz Ponitka and Tomasz Gielo. Germany starts with Isaac Bonga, Johannes Voigtmann, Dennis Schröder, Kenneth Ogbe and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann.
The first leg went 72:69 to the DBB selection. Of course, Gordie Herbert’s squad looked a little different for the game at the end of December. At that time, however, David Krämer was also there, who made an outstanding game with 24 points.
For Poland it is still about entering the second group phase. On Thursday, Poland beat Israel 90-85, keeping their chance of qualifying for the World Cup. They are now second in Group D, albeit tied on points with Israel and Estonia. With a win against Germany today, Poland could make it clear for the next group phase.
With a clear 88:57 victory against Estonia, the German team secured first place in group D on Thursday and is therefore early in the second group phase. After almost three years, point guard Dennis Schröder made his comeback for the DBB selection. The NBA professional had 14 points and nine assists, but did not hit any of his eight three-point attempts. Christian Sengfelder and Isaac Bonga were convincing with over 20 points each.
Hello and welcome to FIBA World Cup Qualification! The DBB selection meets Poland today in Bremen. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. in the ÖVB Arena. Have fun reading along!