in the quarter-finals – and Germany, which squandered a crushing advantage

The Germans outscored their opponents 85:79 (19:10, 29:14, 19:26, 18:29).

The game started in a back-and-forth game, with the Germans going on an 11-2 run early in the game, but then Montenegro responded with eight unanswered points to close the gap to 11-10.

Then another powerful attack wave of the German basketball team followed and after the first ten minutes, the hosts were ahead.

In the second quarter, the Germans continued their concert, soon the advantage grew to a 20-point difference, and the teams went to rest with Germany leading twice, 48:24.

The Montenegrins, who started the third quarter powerfully, reduced the deficit, but Germany did not let their rivals get too close. During the quarter, the fans held their breath when Franz Wagner, the home team’s leader, landed unsuccessfully while throwing the ball from a distance.

An ankle injury forced the basketball player to be replaced, and early in the fourth quarter, Montenegro cut the deficit to single digits, 58-67, and soon the teams were separated by just five points, 59-64.

However, heroics were not enough – Germany won the war of nerves at the end and advanced to the quarter-finals.

Germany became the third of the three possible teams in Group B so far, who won a place in the top eight of the championships. Some time ago, both the French and Slovenian teams won their round of 16.

The Lithuanian national basketball team will also compete for the fourth place in Group B on Saturday.

In the next round of the European Basketball Championship, Germany will face the winners of the round of 16 between Greece and the Czech Republic.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 22, Franz Wagner and Maodo Lo 14 each, Daniel Theis 9.

Montenegro: Kendrick Perry 25, Bojan Dubljevic 22, Marko Simonovic 13.

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