Its been a tournament of missed opportunities at EuroBasket for Germany who dropped another close game on Wednesday falling to Italy 89-82 in overtime.
Atlanta's Dennis Schröder had a huge game for Germany as he sliced up Italy's defense for much of the game. Schröder knocked down 11-of-20 shots from the field and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line for a game-high 29 points. However, that missed free throw came in the final moments of regulation and proved costly. With Germany leading by two, Danilo Gallinari scored with just three seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The overtime period was back and forth. Germany trailed 84-82 with 32 seconds remaining as Schröder was knocked over on a drive to the basket that resulted in a turnover. Marco Belinelli nailed a three-pointer to increase Italy's lead to 87-82 and they were able to close out the game at the free throw line.
Germany shot 43 percent from the field for the game, but again struggled from three-point range where they were just 4-for-20. Dirk Nowitzki logged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but was just 4-for-13 from the field. Gallinari led Italy with 25 points and nine rebounds. Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani finished with 17 points each.
Germany drops to 1-3 in Group play and now must win on Thursday and get help to advance to second round play.