Sep 5, 2013
By UConn Athletic Communications
The German National Basketball Team lost to Belgium, 77-73, in overtime Thursday to fall to 1-1 in EuroBasket 2013, the European Championships. UConn senior forward Niels Giffey (Berlin, Germany) scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds for Germany.
The game --- played at Tivoli Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia, before a crowd of 1,460 --- was the second of five games Germany will play against its competition in Group A in the first round of the tournament. There are 24 teams in the tournament, divided into four groups, each playing five games against the other teams in the group. The three teams with the best records in each group will advance to the next round.
Germany trailed at halftime, 35-26, and after three quarters, 48-41, but outscored the Belguim team, 22-15 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Belgium made crucial free throws down the stretch to hold off the Germans and grab the win.
Giffey, who played 25 minutes, hit 4 of 6 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from three-point range. His four rebounds were all on the defensive end. Germany committed 20 turnovers to hurt its cause.
Sacha Massot and Jonathan Tabu each scored 15 to lead Belgium, while Germany's Robin Benzing poured in a game-high 24 points.
Germany continues Group A play on Friday, meeting undefeated Ukraine (2-0). The Germans will take on Great Britain on Sunday and finish Group A competition on Monday against Israel.