Germany make history by reaching World Championship final, defeating team USA
Posted : 08 September 2023
In a historic turn of events, Germany secured a spot in the World Championship final for the first time in their history, while Team USA faced a heartbreaking 113-111 defeat, setting up a battle for the bronze medal against Canada. The Germans, led by coach Gordon Herbert, maintained their perfect record throughout the tournament and displayed an impressive basketball performance that left the Americans stunned. It marked Team USA's nine-year drought without reaching the finals.
Following their disappointing sixth-place finish at the previous World Championship in China, Team USA assembled a young and determined team under coach Steve Kerr's leadership. While the American players put in a commendable effort, it wasn't enough to overcome the magnificent Germans, who showcased rare offensive fluency with four players performing at their peak.
The game began with Germany taking a strong lead in the first quarter, but a resilient Team USA, led by Mikal Bridges and Anthony Edwards, managed to regain their footing and even took the lead in the second quarter. The offensive intensity was remarkable, making it the highest-scoring first half in championship history, with a halftime score of 59-60 in favor of the USA.
The third quarter witnessed a resurgence of the German team, with Franz Wagner, Daniel Theis, and Andreas Hobst leading the charge to reestablish a double-digit lead. Despite Edwards' heroic efforts in the fourth quarter, where he reduced the deficit to just three points with 3:17 remaining, Germany maintained their composure and secured their historic victory in the World Championship final.
Andreas Hobst emerged as the leading scorer for the winning team, tallying 24 points and contributing 6 assists. Franz Wagner added 22 points, while Daniel Theis recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds. Dennis Schroeder, who had a subpar performance in the quarterfinals, bounced back with 17 points and 9 assists. On the American side, Anthony Edwards led the scoring with 23 points and 8 rebounds, followed by Austin Reaves with 21 points, and Jaylen Brunson with 15 points and 7 assists. Despite their efforts, Team USA fell short, setting the stage for the bronze medal clash.
The game started with Germany taking a 15-25 lead, with Andreas Hobst and Mo Wagner leading the charge. However, Mikal Bridges and Anthony Edwards ignited a comeback for Team USA. Both teams displayed remarkable offensive prowess in the first quarter, resulting in a 31-33 score favoring Germany.
The second quarter saw the Americans taking their first lead of the game, reaching 43-48. Nevertheless, Germany responded with a 0-9 run. The offensive showcase continued, with Franz Wagner and Daniel Theis shining alongside Bridges and Edwards, culminating in the highest-scoring half in World Championship history with a halftime score of 59-60 in favor of the USA.
In the third quarter, Germany executed perfect basketball, led by Theis, Franz Wagner, and Host, extending their lead with 35 points in a display of offensive brilliance. Team USA managed to stay competitive, primarily thanks to Edwards and Branson, but they couldn't halt the German momentum, resulting in a score of 94-104 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter began with Germany maintaining their lead, but Team USA tightened their defense, and the duo of Edwards and Brunson chipped away at the deficit. With three minutes left, Edwards reduced the gap to just three points, but Hobst, in a standout performance, secured another crucial three-pointer and delivered a significant assist to Isaac Bonga. Although Bonga made a late mistake, Team USA also faltered, allowing Germany to secure the 111-113 victory and a historic berth in the final against Serbia.
Key Performers for Germany:
- Andreas Hobst: 24 points and 6 assists
- Franz Wagner: 22 points
- Daniel Theis: 21 points and 7 rebounds
- Dennis Schroeder: 17 points and 9 assists
Key Performers for Team USA:
- Anthony Edwards: 23 points and 8 rebounds
- Austin Reaves: 21 points
- Mikal Bridges: 17 points
- Jaylen Brunson: 15 points and 7 assists