Schröder scored a game-high 23 points in leading Germany to a 67-57 win over a Georgia team led by former Hawk Zaza Pachulia.
“Our backcourt play has carried us offensively,” German coach Chris Fleming said in a press conference streamed on the FIBA website. “We rely on Dennis – and also quite a bit on (German point guard) Maodo (Lo) – to make plays for us.”
In trying to make plays, Schröder also tallied 2 steals, 3 rebounds and 9 turnovers,
“We ask a lot of him on both ends. I thought he was pretty good defensively,” Fleming said.
“It’s easy to talk about his offensive gifts and all the stuff he gets done,” Fleming said, “but that’s a ‘take one for the team’ – that’s a four-point play for me – him sticking his nose in there and taking a charge.”
Meanwhile, Belinelli scored a game-high 26 points, including 21 in the first half, as Italy topped the Ukraine by a 78-66 margin. Belinelli made 6 of 12 threes (6-8, 75%) as the Italians pushed one step closer to a head-to-head battle Tuesday with Germany for the top spot in the group.
You can watch highlights from both players’ Saturday performances below.
Here are the group-play schedules for Germany and Italy. Both will be in action Sunday:
Germany’s schedule of games for group play (all times ET):
Aug. 31, Ukraine, Won 75-63
Sep. 2, Georgia, Won 67-57
Sep. 3, Israel, 2:30 PM
Sep. 5, Italy, 11:30 AM
Sep. 6, Lithuania, 7:45 AM
Italy’s schedule of games for group play (all times ET):
Aug. 31, Israel, Won 69-48
Sep. 2, Ukraine, Won, 78-66
Sep. 3, Lithuania, 11:30 AM
Sep. 5, Germany, 11:30 AM
Sep. 6, Georgia, 10:30 AM