Hamburg (AP) - The German basketball players have secured the title for the Supercup for the first time since the era of superstar Dirk Nowitzki.
The team around NBA professional Dennis Schröder defeated Hamburg in the Czech Republic with 87:68 (39:31) and thus prematurely triumphed in the preparation tournament for the World Cup in China (31 August - 15 September). One day after the 83:62 against Hungary, the hosts showed a strong overall performance, leader Schröder stood out with 21 points and seven assists. Daniel Theis came to 17 points.
Four years ago, the selection of the German Basketball Federation last won the trophy in the last national team summer of now receding Nowitzki. Overall, it is the fifth home success after 2004, 2012, 2014 and 2015. On Sunday it will be concluded against Poland.
In a balanced initial phase, the German team was for the first time in the World Cup preparation briefly behind, Maximilian Kleber met by hit three-point throw to 5: 4 but for the first lead. After he had left the day before for a slight cold, was the NBA professional of Dallas Mavericks directly back in the starting lineup.
After two and a half minutes, the Schröder show began. First, the 25-year-old left after a ball win by turning in dribbling three opponents and served Theis, who concluded by dunking. Then Schröder scored free-throw, lay-up, mid-distance throw and two-three eleven German points in series and brought his team with 18:12 forward.
Unlike the victories against the international second-rate Sweden and Hungary, the Rödl team was seriously challenged for the first time in the World Cup preparation. Thanks to a concentrated defensive vision, the hosts allowed the Czech to NBA professional Tomas Satoransky but rarely free degrees.
With a strong block on the board Theis set a highlight in the defense, the Munich Paul Zipser screwed the lead in a fast counterattack on 34:21. Due to slight inaccuracies in the German game Czech came to the end of the second section but again to eight points. "The last few minutes were very weak of us, we had too many easy ball losses," Kleber criticized at half time at Magentasport.
Unlike Hungary, Germany was focused on the break, scoring seven points in a row by Schröder and Kleber. Niels Giffey and Danilo Barthel continued to increase the lead with distance throws, making it an easy victory in the end. With a dunk after his Schroeder attack Theis put the last cautions.
From the current 14-man squad again captain Robin Benzing paused for a slight Knieblessur, besides winger Andreas fruit suspended. NBA professional Moritz Wagner sat almost continuously on the bench, ALBA Berlin's Johannes Thiemann stood on the floor for just over a minute. Both still have to shiver for their place in the final squad of twelve men.
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