Niels Giffey’s German National Team Finished In EuroBasket 2013

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Note: Details of Tyler Olander’s arrest and suspension from the Huskies are covered here.

Meanwhile Monday, Germany was eliminated from EuroBasket 2013, the European championships, but finished play with an 80-76 victory over Israel.

UConn senior Niels Giffey, who was one of Germany’s bright spots  throughout the tournament, played 21 minutes, but this time scored only two points. Germany finished its five games in Group A with a 2-3 record, which was not good enough to be among the top three teams. France, The Ukraine and Belgium all advanced, though Germany beat France in the first game, and lost to Belgium in OT in its second game. Germany lost to the Ukraine and Great Britain.

Giffey got two rebounds and made one of his three shots from the floor, but he did not take a three-point shot against Israel. Through Monday, Giffey (7 for 10) was the top three-point shooter in the tournament, albeit a small sample. Here is more on the  game.

For the five games, Giffey, 22, the youngest player on his team, averaged 25.4 minutes per game, 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.  It must have been great experience; now Giffey is expected back at Storrs soon to begin his senior year.


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