EuroBasket 2022 semi-finals: France v Poland, Spain v Germany

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The competition to crown the European basketball champion comes down to its final four teams: France, Poland, Spain and host Germany.

The EuroBasket 2022 semi-finals kick off in Berlin on Friday with France taking on Poland (11:15 a.m. ET) followed by Spain taking on Germany (2:30 p.m. ET). The winners of those two games will meet on Sunday afternoon to decide the champion, while the losers will meet earlier in the morning to determine the third.

> Program of the semi-finals

Date Game Match Time (ET)
September 16 Semi-final 1 France against Poland 11:15 a.m.
September 16 Semi-final 2 Spain v Germany 2:30 p.m.
September 17 Game for third place Loser Semi-final 1 against Loser Semi-final 2 11:15 a.m.
September 17 Championship game Winner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2 2:30 p.m.

Semi-final 1: France against Poland

This game recalls two tropes of the NCAA Tournament: France embodied the idea of ​​surviving and advancing as they needed overtime in each of their knockout games to advance to the semifinals. Meanwhile, Poland is the ultimate Cinderella story of this tournament. They may be the only remaining team not boasting an NBA star, but they just knocked out one of the game’s biggest stars in Luka Doncic by knocking out the defending Slovenian champion in the quarterfinals.

How did they get here:

France

• Group stage: Finished 3rd in Group C with a 3-2 record

• Round of 16: Beat Turkey 87-86 in overtime as Rudy Gobert’s 20 points and 17 rebounds fueled France’s comeback

• Quarter-finals: Defeated Italy 93-85 in overtime behind Gobert’s 19 points and 14 rebounds, as well as Evan Fournier’s 17 points

• NBA players: Evan Fournier (New York); Rudy Gobert (Minnesota); Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (free agent); Theo Maledon (Oklahoma City); Frank Ntilikina (Dallas)

Poland

• Group stage: Finished 3rd in Group D with a 3-2 record

• Round of 16: Defeated Ukraine 94-86 behind 24 points from AJ Slaughter and 22 points from Mateusz Ponitka

• Quarter-finals: Beat Slovenia 90-87 behind Ponitka’s triple-double (26 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists) and held Doncic to 14 points

• NBA players: None

Semi-final 2: Spain v Germany

Spain and Germany enter the semi-finals as the two best remaining teams in the tournament statistically. They are both evenly matched at 7-1, each suffering defeat in the group stage (Spain v Belgium, Germany v Slovenia). Of the eight teams that reached the quarter-finals and played seven games, Spain (+11.5) and Germany (+9.9) rank first and second respectively in terms of points spread. Host Germany have the tournament-leading offense with 93.6 ppg, led by NBA free agent guard Dennis Schroder with 20.2 ppg. Spain rank fifth with 90.4 points per game, but struggle with a defense that has limited their opponents to just 78.9 points per game. Will that be enough to slow down the Germans in front of their home crowd?

How did they get here:

Spain

• Group stage: Won Group A with a 4-1 record

• Round of 16: Beat Lithuania 102-94 behind 21 points from Willy Hernangomez and 13 from his brother Juancho

• Quarter-finals: Beat Finland 100-90 as the Hernangomez brothers delivered again – 27 points from Willy and 15 from Juancho – to eliminate Lauri Markkanen, the tournament’s second top scorer, and the Finns.

• NBA players: Juancho Hernangomez (Toronto); Willy Hernangomez (New Orleans)

Germany

• Group stage: Finished 2nd in Group B with a 4-1 record

• Round of 16: Beat Montenegro 85-79 behind 22 points from Dennis Schroder and 14 from Franz Wagner

• Quarter-finals: Beat Greece 107-96 behind Schroder’s 26 points and Daniel Theis’ double-double (13 points, 16 rebounds) as the hosts inflicted the first loss of the tournament on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Greeks.

• NBA players: Dennis Schroder (free agent); Daniel Theis (Indiana); Franz Wagner (Orlando)

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