FIBA WORLD CUP
Germany win their first FIBA Basketball World Cup
With eight wins from eight in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, a decisive third quarter saw Germany win their first world title.
Undefeated in the competition with eight wins from eight, Germany won their first FIBA Basketball World Cup crown by beating an undermanned Serbia 83-77 on Sunday in Manila.
They have been the best team and have played extraordinary basketball as a unit, a block with muscle in defense and precision in attack. From Schröder to the irresistible rise of Franz Wagner (22 years old), who will be an all-star in the NBA but is already a world champion. With sharp shooting from Obst, defensive specialists (Bonga) and a solid block manned by Theis, Voigtmann, Thiemann and Mo Wagner, Germany have excelled and are worthy world champions.
Germany secured the title with a whirlwind 22-10 surge in the third quarter to build a cushion, and never let go of the lead to win the World Cup’s first all-European final since 2006.
As they did against against the United States in the semifinals, Germany took out the sledgehammer after the break and weathered the attempted Serbian fight-back in the last quarter, this time led by a brave Avramovic.
With the score at 73-69 in the final quarter before a triple by Voigtmann delivered a shatter blow effect for a Serbia side that failed to throw in the towel and brought the final to a dramatic 79-77 with 40 seconds left. Up stepped Schröder who seemed stubborn in the last minutes, exhausted by his defensive efforts but scored the basket with a brave penetration that sealed the gold for the first time ever for Germany.