(CTN News) – As a result of this Basketball World Cup, the United States will not be able to win any gold medals. Moreover, in FIBA’s most important tournament for the second consecutive time, the Americans might not even be able to win a medal at all for the second consecutive year.
Instead, it is Germany on the verge of winning the Basketball World Cup. Andreas Obst scored 24 points, Franz Wagner added 22 points and the Germans shredded the U.S. defense for much of the game in their first win over the Americans-113-111 on Friday night in the semifinals.
On two separate occasions in the closing minutes of the game, the U.S. was within one point on two separate occasions when the U.S. was down by ten points midway through the fourth quarter.
In spite of this, the Americans never managed to take the lead, and it was the Germans who jumped and hugged their teammates as time expired.
At 7-0, Germany is the only unbeaten team left in the tournament and will play Serbia for the right to win the Basketball World Cup title on Sunday.
As a result of its first semifinal victory over Canada, Serbia got to its second Basketb all World Cup final in the last three tournaments; it lost to the United States 129-92 in the 2014 championship game of this tournament.
There will be a bronze medal game between Canada and the United States on Sunday (4:40 a.m. ET).
There were 23 points scored by Anthony Edwards for the United States (5-2), which also had 21 points scored by Austin Reaves, 17 points scored by Mikal Bridges, and 15 points scored by Jalen Brunson.
As much as the Americans shot 58%, they also allowed the Germans to shoot 58%, and that was the ultimate cause of their defeat.
The Germans had a 0-6 record against the Americans in Basketball World Cup or Olympic competition, usually getting blown out in these contests.
It’s not going to happen this time. At the Basketball World Cup, the Americans brought the only roster with all NBA players, but even that wasn’t enough.
At the 2019 World Cup in China, the Americans finished seventh; this finish-third or fourth-will technically be better, but nothing less than gold would suffice.
A 35-24 third quarter was the difference, as Germany did what it couldn’t do when it met the Americans earlier this summer in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition. The Americans won 99-91 after a run of 18-0 in the second half after Germany had led by 16.
This time, it needed similar heroism. It was almost there. The key word is almost. Germany won this time.