Hamburg (dpa) - Led by strong late-entry Dennis Schröder German basketball players have celebrated a clear opening victory in the Supercup.
At the first appearance of the NBA star in the World Cup summer, the team of national coach Henrik Rödl prevailed in Hamburg with 83:62 (46:25) against Hungary. Schröder showed a complete performance with 19 points, four three point drafts and seven assists, but like the rest of the team after a dominant start in the meantime. After 27 points lead at 45:18 in the second quarter, the selection of the German Basketball Federation showed some unfocusedness.
NBA pro Daniel Theis came in front of 2471 spectators on eleven points, scored all twelve German players. On Saturday (20.00), the host meets the Czech Republic, who beat Poland 96-86. The three-day Supercup is an important endurance test on the way to the World Cup in China (31 August - 15 September).
Only three days after his first training session with the team, Schröder took control of the German attack as usual. The awarded first basket layman of the 25-year-old Theis exploited by Dunking. Schröder initially less than usual sought the direct route to the opponent's basket, but served above all his teammates and sat on his distance throw.
The first three-point attempt fell to the 13: 0 lead, in the first row rejoiced wife Ellen with half a year old son Dennis Malick Junior on his lap. His NBA coach Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder watched in a good mood. Schröder had been the last player to prepare for the association because of private matters.
Even if things did not work out, the German team Hungary, who had narrowly missed the World Cup qualification, dominated at the beginning. The Rödl team allowed themselves significantly less ball losses than at 78:46 in the first Test against Sweden in the previous week, occurred superior in the rebound and in the defense, let the ball run well.
Only after a good six minutes Hungary scored the first points to the score of 15: 3 for the home team, at the end of the opening quarter, it was even 23: 4. NBA youngster Moritz Wagner scored his first points in the national jersey.
"We see that we integrate Dennis well, that works very well," said captain Robin Benzing at half time at Magentasport. The veteran continued after a Knieblessur for the start of the Supercup yet. "It's not so bad, you can give the all-clear. I bucked a bit in training, but it's a precaution, "said Benzing.
In the second half his teammates could not hold the high intensity at first, Hungary came back to eleven points (55:44) - in the end, the victory was completely safe.
In the German team NBA professional Maximilian Kleber was spared because of a slight cold. At the Supercup, the Wackel candidates from the provisional World Cup squad play for the last tickets for China - two players must still delete Rödl.
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