Spain will be among the sixteen teams travelling to Lille for the knockout stages of Eurobasket 2015 and hence also stay in contention for a place at the Rio 2016 Olympics. They did so by beating Germany 76-77 in a gripping game in Montpellier. They needed the win to ensure that they weren’t depending on other results going their way and will now finish second or third in the six-team group, depending on the outcome of the game between Turkey and Iceland.
Barça’s Pau Ribas played a crucial role in the win with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 30 minutes. Spain dominated for the first three periods and went +13 at one point, but a late surge from Germany meant it all went down to the wire, with a free-throw miss from Schröder, his only one out of eight in the game, proving decisive right at the end.
Barça’s Ante Tomic started for Croatia against Georgia, but the heavy defeat of 58-71 was meaningless as far as the bigger picture is concerned because they were already assured of a place in the last sixteen before the game had started.