Dennis Schroder scored 28 points, Franz Wagner scored 19 points, and Germany ended its unbeaten streak in the World Cup by defeating Serbia 83-77 in the final on Sunday night. This was Germany’s first World Cup title; Prior to this, his best performance in the event was a bronze medal in Indianapolis in 2002.
Germany won the tournament 8-0 and became the fifth unbeaten champion in a row.
Aleksa Avramovic scored 21 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 17 points for Serbia, which lost the championship match for the second time in the last three tournaments. Having lost 129-92 to the USA in the 2014 gold medal game, little was expected from the team this summer; because the team’s best player, Nikola Jokic of the NBA champion Denver Nuggets, decided not to play and chose to play football instead. rest for the next season.
However, Serbia went on a surprising run, inspired by the team’s loss of reserve forward Borisa Simanic. He was fouled late in the first round win against South Sudan, required surgery that night for internal injuries and then required a second surgery to remove one of his kidneys.
Simanic will receive a medal. However, Germany will become silver after proving that it is very strong.
A 22-10 run in the third quarter gave Germany all the breathing room it needed after a back-and-forth first half, with Serbia unable to retake the lead during that stretch. Marko Guduric made a pair of free throws with 39.5 seconds left to make the score 79-77, but Schröder passed two defenders and made a layup on the German position to regain the four-point lead.
The idea that Germany was the best in the world at basketball was a far cry, even when Nowitzki was the country’s best player.
No more. Germany has put forward a plan to ask its best players for a three-year contract with the national team, with its sights set on the World Cup and Paris Olympics. This was the second year of the scheme and a team that had failed to even make it out of the opening round in any of the last three World Cups, finishing 17th in 2010, failing to qualify in 2014 and finishing 18th in 2019, now has the best placing. The Naismith Prize will remain for the next four years.