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Fast start helps Germany overcome Georgia to stay unbeaten
TBILISI (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers) - Germany ensured they will advance to the Second Round after overcoming Georgia away from home for an 87-77 victory.
The visitors made it four wins from four to complete their second perfect window following Friday's home win over Serbia.
Turning point: Germany jumped out to a fast start as they led from start to finish with their advantage peaking at 15 points. The home side came out of the half-time break with a strong third period, but the damage had been done as Germany closed out the win.
A lot of ❤️️ by @_GeoBasketball 🇬🇪, but @DBB_Basketball 🇩🇪 hold on and move to 4-0 in Group G, securing a spot in the 2nd Round of the #FIBAWC Qualifiers.— FIBA 🏀 World Cup (@FIBAWC) February 25, 2018
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Game hero: Joshiko Saibou top scored with 15 points in just 16 minutes of action as the Alba Berlin guard went 5 of 7 from the field and also had 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Stats don't lie: Georgia shot well from three-point range as they did when the teams met in November, but they were unable to tame Germany inside as the visitors shot 60 percent from inside the arc.
Bottom line: Job done for Germany as they remain unbeaten at 4-0 in a tricky Group G, while Georgia must re-group ahead of their final two games at home including a crucial clash with Austria in July.
They said: "It was a great atmosphere. We played until the last second. We were up most of the game but they fought back and there were important situations for us there at the end with a couple of rebounds and a couple of free-throws. We stuck together as a team and fought it out." - Germany guard Joshiko Saibou.
"I am really proud of my team and the coaching staff. We tried to do our best and fought until the end. Unfortunately the Germans forced us to make a couple of mistakes and that decided the game. I really appreciate the fans that came and supported us and it's always a huge pleasure to play here in Tbilisi." - Georgia forward Anatoli Boisa