Saitama (AP) - Something positive NBA star Dennis Schröder could win the first defeat of the German basketball players in the World Cup preparation.
"You do not want to win all the games, then go to China and let go there," said the top player of the team of national coach Henrik Rödl the German Press Agency after the 83:86 against Japan the day before in Saitama. "That's why it was a good test, so of course we have to come back as well as possible."
In the sixth test match before the World Cup in China from 31 August to 15 September, the selection of the German Basketball Federation had to be beaten for the first time. On Monday, the team from Japan travel to the preliminary round of Shenzhen, where it goes at the World Cup against France, the Dominican Republic and Jordan. Before that, the dress rehearsal against Australia, the toughest opponent in the preparation, will be held in Jiangmen, China, on Wednesday.
"We are on the right track, we have to regenerate now," said coach Rödl. "We can clearly see what's good and what's getting better, how the boys are playing together, we've arrived in Asia, that was one of the big goals of surviving the time difference."
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