In the men’s basketball World Cup, the ‘world’s strongest’ United States failed to advance to the finals.
The U.S. lost 111-113 in the semifinals against Germany (11th) on the 14th day of the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup in Pasai, Philippines, on the 8th (local time).
The U.S., which suffered a setback in the quarterfinals at the 2019 World Cup, failed to advance to the finals for two consecutive tournaments.
The U.S., which won consecutive tournaments in 2010 and 2014, challenged to return to the top of the World Cup for the first time in nine years, but promised the next tournament, the 2027 Qatar Games.
Germany, which had a 108-107 lead, won the game with a three-point shot by Andreas Opst (Bayern Munich) 1 minute and 14 seconds before the end.
In the ensuing attack, Michal Bridges (Brooklyn)’s attempt to shoot under the net was blocked, and rather, Germany ran away by six points when Dennis Schroeder (Toronto)’s step-back jumper was inserted 40 seconds before the end.
In Germany, Opst, who plays in Europe, scored 24 points, and NBA players Franz Wagner (Orlando) 22 points, Daniel Thais (Indiana) 21 points, and Schroeder 17 points.
Germany will play the final match on the 10th against Serbia, which beat Canada 95-86.
This is the first time Germany has reached the basketball world cup final, and Serbia has advanced to the final for the second time since being runner-up in 2014.
Germany’s previous best performance in the basketball World Cup was third in the 2002 tournament.