Germany's EuroBasket run came to an end on Thursday with yet another disappointing finish in a 77-76 loss to Spain. It was a win or go home situation for both teams in what was a great back and forth contest to watch.
Germany trailed Spain by as many as 12 points in the third quarter and scored just 10 points in the period. However, they still had fight left and began to chip away early in the fourth quarter.
Atlanta's Dennis Schröder was the catalyst both scoring and setting up teammates. Germany trailed by just three points with under 10 seconds remaining when Spain elected to foul. Schröder knocked down both free throws to cut the deficit to one.
After a pair of free throws by Spain at the other end to once again push the lead to three, Schröder took the inbounds pass and exploded up the court where he was fouled as he launched a desperation three point attempt with just three seconds remaining.
Schröder converted the first two attempts, but the third rattled out sealing the win for Spain. It was Schröder's only miss from the free throw line in eight attempts in what was otherwise another sterling performance.
Schröder finished with a game-high 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds. He was 8-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Maodo Lo added 14 points off the bench including a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Tibor Pleiss added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 10 points and seven rebounds in what was his last game for his national team.
Germany's Olympic dream comes up just short as they fail to advance. It was a tough week that included three last second losses.