Sep 8, 2013
By UConn Athletic Communications
The German Men’s National Basketball Team, which includes UConn senior swingman Niels Giffey, couldn’t hold on to an early lead and lost to Great Britain, 81-74, Sunday afternoon in EuroBasket 2013, the European Championships, held in Slovenia.
The result marked the third straight close loss for Germany after an opening-game upset over France in the tournament. The Germans, 1-3, will conclude Group A play in the first round on Monday with a game against Israel. Currently fifth in Group A, if the German team does not finish among the top three, it will not advance to the second round of play.
Giffey came off the bench to play 24 minutes against Great Britain, which is 2-2 in the tournament. Giffey scored five points, hitting 2-of-8 overall and 1-of-2 from three-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and had a steal. For the tournament, Giffey is averaging 11.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 70.0 percent from three-point range.
Germany raced to an early 10-point lead against Great Britain and led 22-16 after one quarter, but allowed Great Britain to dominate the second quarter and trailed, 42-38 at halftime. The German team remained close, 59-56, at the end of three quarters, but was hurt by 15 turnovers and could not catch Great Britain in the final period.
Tibor Pleiss led the German team with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Great Britain’s Andrew Lawrence was the game’s high scorer with 23.