There can be no gold medal for the U.S. at this World Cup
ByTIM REYNOLDS AP basketball author
September 8, 2023, 10:42 AM
U.S. guard Anthony Edwards, left, shoots over Germany middle Johannes Voigtmann throughout a Basketball World Cup semi last sport in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. (AP Picture/Michael Conroy)
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MANILA, Philippines — There can be no gold medal for the U.S. at this World Cup. And for the second consecutive time in FIBA’s largest event, there may not even be any medal in any respect for the People.
As a substitute, it’s Germany on the cusp of a world title.
Andreas Obst scored 24 factors, Franz Wagner added 22 and Germany shredded the U.S. protection for a lot of the best way in its first win over the People — 113-111 within the World Cup semifinals on Friday night time.
The U.S., down by 10 halfway by the fourth, practically pulled off a comeback, getting inside one level on two separate events within the last minutes. However the People by no means received the lead, and it was the Germans leaping and hugging as time expired.
Germany — the final unbeaten staff left within the event at 7-0 — will play Serbia on Sunday (8:40 a.m. EDT) for the World Cup title. Serbia beat Canada within the first semifinal, attending to its second World Cup last within the final three tournaments; it misplaced 129-92 to the U.S. within the 2014 championship sport.
Canada will play the U.S. for bronze Sunday (4:40 a.m. EDT).
Anthony Edwards scored 23 factors for the U.S. (5-2), which received 21 from Austin Reaves, 17 from Mikal Bridges and 15 from Jalen Brunson. The People shot 58% — however let Germany shoot 58% as properly, and that was the last word undoing.
Germany had been 0-6 towards the People in World Cup or Olympic competitors, often getting blown out in these video games.
Not this time. As soon as once more, even bringing the one roster stuffed with all NBA gamers wasn’t sufficient for the U.S. on the World Cup. The People completed seventh on the 2019 World Cup in China; this end — third or fourth — will technically be higher, however nothing apart from gold was going to be passable for USA Basketball.
A 35-24 third quarter was principally the distinction for Germany, which this time completed the job that it could not pull off when assembly the People in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition earlier this summer time. Germany led that sport by 16 within the second half, then an 18-0 run by the People down the stretch led to a 99-91 U.S. win.
It wanted related heroics this time. They virtually received there. Key phrase: virtually. This time, Germany completed it off.
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