Group USA loses to Germany 113-111 in FIBA Global Cup semifinals

There might be no gold medal for the U.S. at this Global Cup. And for the second one consecutive time in FIBA’s largest event, there is probably not any medal at focused on the American citizens.

As a substitute, it is Germany at the cusp of an international identify.

Andreas Obst scored 24 issues, Franz Wagner added 22 and Germany shredded the U.S. protection for far of the best way in its first win over the American citizens — 113-111 within the Global Cup semifinals on Friday night time.

Germany’s Daniel Theis (L) and Johannes Voigtmann (R) gestures throughout the FIBA Basketball Global Cup semi-final fit between USA and Germany in Manila on September 8, 2023.

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Obst hit the shot of the night time, a 3-pointer with 1:15 left to place Germany up through 4 and almost about snuff out a last-ditch U.S. rally. Germany led for 30 of the sport’s 40 mins, the U.S. led for roughly 4 1/2, and there used to be little query who used to be controlling play a lot of the best way.

“We knew the duty handy, and that used to be to head win,” U.S. guard Austin Reaves stated. “And we did not do this.”

The U.S., down through 10 halfway throughout the fourth, just about pulled off a comeback, getting inside of one level on two separate events within the last mins. However the American citizens by no means were given the lead, and it used to be the Germans leaping and hugging as time expired.

Germany – the final unbeaten group left within the event at 7-0 – will play Serbia on Sunday (8:40 a.m. EDT) for the Global Cup identify. Serbia beat Canada within the first semifinal, attending to its 2d Global Cup last within the final 3 tournaments; it misplaced 129-92 to the U.S. within the 2014 championship recreation.

Canada will play the U.S. for bronze Sunday (4:40 a.m. EDT).

Anthony Edwards scored 23 issues for the U.S. (5-2), which were given 21 from Reaves, 17 from Mikal Bridges and 15 from Jalen Brunson. The American citizens shot 58% — however let Germany shoot 58% as neatly, and that used to be without equal undoing.

“Should you surrender 113 issues in a 40-minute recreation, you might be no longer going to win lots of the ones,” Reaves stated.

Germany have been 0-6 in opposition to the American citizens in Global Cup or Olympic pageant, most often getting blown out in the ones video games.

Now not this time. As soon as once more, even bringing the one roster stuffed with all NBA avid gamers wasn’t sufficient for the U.S. on the Global Cup. The American citizens completed 7th on the 2019 Global Cup in China; this end – 3rd or fourth – will technically be higher, however not anything rather then gold used to be going to be adequate for USA Basketball.

Daniel Theis had 21 issues for Germany. Theis has scored 21 or extra issues six occasions in his NBA profession — and picked Friday for one of the most video games of his lifestyles.

A 35-24 3rd quarter used to be mainly the variation for Germany, which this time completed the task that it could not pull off when assembly the American citizens in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition previous this summer season. Germany led that recreation through 16 in the second one part, then an 18-0 run through the American citizens down the stretch resulted in a 99-91 U.S. win.

It wanted equivalent heroics this time. They nearly were given there. Key phrase: nearly. This time, Germany completed it off. And when it used to be over, Reaves could not lend a hand however see Schroder — his former teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers — experience an enormous second for German basketball.

“Tip your hat to him,” Reaves stated. “I understand how particular this second is for him.”

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