Germany became men’s basketball world champions for the first time. This Sunday, the Germans beat Serbia 83-77 in the final and sealed their unprecedented title in Manila, Philippines. Dennis Schroder was the highlight of the final and also the MVP (most valuable player) of the competition. In the fight for the bronze medal, Canada beat the United States in overtime, knocking their continental rivals off the World Cup podium for the second consecutive edition.
The top four in the World Cup were assured at the Paris Olympics, along with Australia, South Sudan and Japan. Brazil was 13th in the competition, without an Olympic place, but with chances of qualifying for the pre-Olympics next year. he comes. France, host, has the guarantee of the Paris Games.
FIBA (International Basketball Federation) has announced the ideal quintet for the World Cup. In addition to MVP Dennis Schroder, the Dream Team included Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, American Anthony Edwards, Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovic and Slovenian Luka Doncic.
Schröder leads Germany to final
A new champion would already be crowned in Manila. Serbia, vice-champion in 2014, has not yet reached the highest step of the podium since the end of Yugoslavia, five-time world champion. Germany has only won bronze at the 2002 World Cup in its history.
The first half was balanced, with the teams taking turns leading the score. But Germany took off in the third quarter and saw Serbia grind to a halt, scoring just 10 points in the half. The Germans started the last quarter with a 12-point lead, saw the Serbs react and fall to just two points, but managed to avoid a comeback thanks to the hands of Dennis Schroder, precise in the last minutes.
Dennis Schröder (ALE) – 28 points
Aleksa Avramovic (SER) – 21 points
Franz Wagner (ALE) – 19 points
Bogdan Bogdanovic (SER) – 17 points
Although Schroder was the scorer of the match and was off balance in the decisive moments, Franz Wagner was elected by FIBA (International Basketball Federation) MVP of the final (best player).
Canada beats USA in overtime
For the first time, Canada reached the podium at a men’s basketball World Cup. The Canadians counted on strong performances from Dillon Brooks and Shai Gilgeous-Walker to beat the United States 127-118 in overtime. An unprecedented bronze medal for Canada, Olympic vice-champion in Berlin in 1936.
Without their main NBA players, the Americans, in turn, are excluded from the podium for the second consecutive World Cup – they were seventh in China 2019. Since 1970, the United States has not left without a medal of two World’s Championships. Cups in a row.
Dillon Brooks (CAN) – 39 points
Shai Gilgeous-Walker (CAN) – 31 points and 12 assists
Anthony Edwards (United States) – 24 points
Austin Reaves (United States) – 23 points
RJ Barrett (CAN) – 23 points
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