Another nice game for Niels Giffey in EuroBasket 2013: Giffey scored 16 points in 26 minutes, coming off the bench to hit 5 of 7 shots from the floor, but his German National Team lost to The Ukraine, 88-83 on Friday.
Germany is now 1-2, fourth in the Group A standings, with games remaining against the U.K. and Israel, the bottom two teams. If Germany wins both to finish 3-2, it would likely be in the top three and advance to the next round – keeping Giffey in Europe for most of September. Ukraine is 3-0.
In the meantime, Giffey, who will be a senior at UConn, continues to get valuable experience and exposure for a future pro career. He’s averaging 27.3 minutes per game in the tournament so far, through games against France, Belgium and Ukraine, scoring 12.3 per game. He has hit 15 of 19 shots from the floor, 6 of 8 on threes. In the game against Ukraine, he made a couple of free throws late in the game to pull Germany within two points. He made four of his five three-point attempts.
Giffey, 22, is the youngest player on the German team, and it’s one of the youngest rosters Germany has ever had in the European Championships. The oldest player, Heiko Schaffartzik, who had 22 points and 11 assists against Ukraine, is only 29.