Basketball: Germany beats USA conqueror Australia
The German basketball players celebrated an unexpected success in the last friendly before the World Cup in China. In the victory against Australia Dennis Schröder was best launcher of his team.
On Saturday, the World Basketball Championship starts in China, and the German team goes into the tournament with a lot of confidence. The team of national coach Henrik Rödl won the final friendly match against World Cup co-favorite Australia 74:64 (45:29). Germany starts against another favorite in the World Cup on Sunday, then a success against France. Following are still group games against the outsiders Dominican Republic and Jordan.
Top star Dennis Schröder was the best laureate against Australia with 15 points for the selection of the German Basketball Federation. In the seventh preparation game, it was the sixth victory. Schröder substitute Maodo Lo injured at the ankle was spared again, until Friday Rödl now has to cancel one player and name his final twelve-player squad.
"We want to use the test to get the finishing touches, and I think we'll be ready for the World Cup," Rödl said before the match. It should go straight after the strong performance for the German team back in the about three hours by bus distant preliminaries venue Shenzhen.
In the World Cup round, Australia could become the German opponent again. Most recently, the 2016 Olympic silver medal caused quite a stir, and defending champion USA inflicted the first defeat in nearly 13 years, with NBA professionals on the ball for the Americans.
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