Credit: FIBA.com
Credit FIBA.com

The Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Split started with a Germany (1-0) victory over Mexico (0-1) 76-82 (22-19 20-21; 25-22; 9-20). However, the Mexican squad showed from the jump that they were not going to just rollover.

Player of the Game
Johannes  Voigtmann
EFF
17
Johannes Voigtmann
Points 10
Accuracy 3-7
Rebounds 10
Assists 5

The team from South America won the first quarter 22-19. Germany answered by winning the second one, 21-20. Mexico led by two points at halftime (42-40) and increased its advantage during the third quarter (67-62).

However, the Mexicans ran out of juice in the final quarter. Germany quickly caught up and took the advantage away from Mexico. The European team gained their largest lead of the game towards the end of the fourth quarter (71-80). Mexico scored only nine points in the fourth.

It was a team effort for Germany, as five different players scored in double-digits. Joshiko Saibou led with 17 points, A. Obst added 11, J. Voigtmann contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds. The two NBA talents I. Bonga and M. Wagner scored 13 and 11, respectively.

Paco Cruz and Gustavo Ayon were instrumental in helping Mexico lead most of the game. Cruz scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished six assists. Ayon added 18 points and 15 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Germany: will play Russia on July 1.

Mexico: will play Russia on Wednesday.

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Vokietijos rinktinÄ—
Meksikos rinktinÄ—
39%
25/64
Field goals
42%
28/67
45
Rebounds
40
15
Assists
21
7
Steals
8
81%
25/31
Free throws
58%
11/19
51%
18/35
2-pointers
51%
19/37

Best players

Joshiko  Saibou
17 PTS
5/9 FG
7/8 FT
Francisco  Cruz
30 PTS
11/20 FG
4/5 FT
Johannes  Voigtmann
10 REB
5 DREB
5 OREB
Gustavo  Ayon
15 REB
9 DREB
6 OREB
Johannes  Voigtmann
5 As
1 TO
30 MIN
Mexico
Few players
6 As
Johannes  Voigtmann
17 EFF
60% 2P%
0% 3P%
Francisco  Cruz
30 EFF
58% 2P%
50% 3P%