'A feat even Nowitzki couldn't do' Germany defeat Serbia to win first Basketball World Cup title
Germany reigns supreme at the top of world basketball.
The German men's national basketball team defeated Serbia 83-77 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Final on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Germany won its first gold medal in World Cup history.
It's a feat that even the greatest player in German basketball history, Dirk Nowitzki, has never accomplished. Germany's previous best finish was a bronze medal at the 2002 U.S. Championships, when Nowitzki played. Schroder picked up the baton after Novicki retired from the national team in 2015. With NBA starters in key positions, Germany's efforts paid off with their first World Cup title.
Two of the best teams in European basketball met in the World Cup Finals. It felt like a EuroBasket final. The game was even more intense because these two teams know each other so well.
NBA stars exploded for their respective countries. Bogdan Bogdanovic (Atlanta Hawks) scored 13 points, including three three-pointers, midway through the second quarter. Germany responded with 12 points from Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic). By the end of the second quarter, Serbia held a slim 42-38 lead.
Again, the stars were different. Schroeder quickly changed the momentum with a three-pointer. She followed that up with a steal and a dunk in the final minute of the second quarter. Bordanovic evened the score with two free throws. The teams went into halftime tied 47-47.
The game was so tight that neither team could gain an advantage. It was team versus team with no holes in any position. It was Schroder who broke the balance. Schroeder scored the first five points of the game on free throws and a jump shot. Wagner followed with a three-pointer. Germany led 69-57 heading into the final quarter.
Serbia changed the momentum at the start of the fourth quarter with a dunk and back-to-back three-pointers by Alexa Abramovic. Serbia closed the gap to 69-73 midway through the fourth quarter.
Germany wasn't far behind. Johannes Voigtmann answered with a three-pointer. Wagner converted a free throw with an attack on the rim. With two minutes left in the game, Germany led by nine points, 78-69.
Serbia did not give up. Abramovic's three-pointer made it a six-point game again. Germany fouled Abramovic as he shot the three-pointer. Serbia made all three free throws to cut the deficit to three points. The Serbian supporters, who had traveled to the game in large numbers, went wild. After the steal, Serbia missed a tying three-point attempt with 56 seconds left in regulation.
Schroeder got two free throws, missed one and made two. 79-75 Germany lead with 48.7 seconds left. Marko Gudeljic missed a 토토사이트 layup and was fouled. Serbia missed the opportunity to get a basket. Gudaric made both free throws. With 39.5 seconds left, Serbia pulled within two points.
On Germany's final possession, Schroeder went one-on-one for a layup. With 21.4 seconds left, Germany led 81-77. A turnover on Serbia's final possession sealed the win for Germany.
Schroeder poured in 28 points and was named tournament MVP. Wagner added 17 points. Abramovic added 23 points. Ace Bogdanovic (17 points) went silent in the second half for Serbia.
After the win was finalized, the German players broke down in tears. Serbia hung their heads in shame at the silver medal.