Sport 74:86 against France: A defeat that gives courage

19:20  29 november  2020
19:20  29 november  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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The German basketball players also lost to France in the European Championship qualification. But the performance in Pau was encouraging. Mainly because almost all of the stars were missing.

Seine Spieler haben © Getty Images His players have "been able to gain a lot of experience": national coach Henrik Rödl.

The German basketball players suffered the next defeat in the European Championship qualification. The team of national coach Henrik Rödl lost 74:86 (41:42) against hosts France in Pau, France, but showed a surprisingly strong performance for three quarters. Without the players from the Euroleague teams Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin as well as the NBA stars around Dennis Schröder, Rödl had to rely on a very inexperienced team that did a surprisingly good job against the third place in the World Cup for a long time.

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In the end France managed to take revenge for the defeat against Germany in Vechta in February. The best German thrower was Andreas Obst from Ulm with 16 points. "It was a very hard-fought game for around 35 minutes. In the end, we had problems with fouling in the big positions," said Rödl. On Friday the selection of the German Basketball Federation lost against Montenegro with 74:80. "We are disappointed that we lost both games here. But the boys have gained a lot of experience here. That is very important," said Rödl.

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Because of the Corona crisis, the games in this international match window took place in a so-called bubble in France. The qualification will be completed with two more match days in February 2021. Then the German Basketball Federation also applied for the games to be played in a corona bubble.

Rödl bet against France on the same starting five as against Montenegro. Among other things, the two experienced Robin Benzing and Andreas Obst were back on the stage at the beginning, who were supposed to lead the young German team. Especially the 23-year-old Karim Jallow shone in the first quarter with eight points. Although the German selection initially had problems on the defensive again, the completely re-formed Rödl team knew how to please offensively and kept the game open.

At the break, Germany was only one point behind (41:42), even after the restart the German team stayed in the game with a very courageous performance. "I think that France is a different caliber than Montenengro," said Rödl before the game. But his team showed no fear of the big favorite and was even just ahead shortly before the end of the third quarter.

But in the final section, the greater experience of the French made itself felt. While the German team didn't succeed much more offensively, the hosts met now largely from a distance and decisively pulled away.

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