German sport can celebrate again! The national basketball team was crowned world champions on Sunday! In a highly dramatic final, giant Serbia was brought to its knees at 83:77. This means that Germany has become the world champion of basketball for the first time in history.
You’ve never been to a World Cup final before! The biggest success so far was winning the European Championships 30 years ago. Even with the legendary Dirk Nowitzki, the German basketball team only won a World Cup bronze medal in 2002 and a European Championship silver medal in 2005. Speaking of Dirk Nowitzki. The German NBA icon congratulated the basketball team on their historic success.
The final between Germany and Serbia was a draw from the beginning. The Serbs still had the upper hand in the first quarter. Several throws from the Serbian team went over the board. Furthermore, superstar Dennis Schröder did not find a place in the game. Serbia ahead by 26:23. But Schroder came into the game better in the second quarter. He sank two three-pointers.
However, Bogdan Bogdanovic also showed his class and scored as desired for Serbia. The score is 47:47 in a close game at halftime. The third quarter saw a lot of foul play and disjointed moments. The referees also faced a number of controversial decisions. Then Germany succeeded in separating. With a minute to go they were leading by twelve points (67:55).
Finally we go to the final break with the score at 69:57. From the German perspective, Moritz Wagner was able to make it 71:59. But Serbia did not give up and scored five consecutive points. German coach Gordon Herbert reacted and took time off. But Germany faltered. Serbia reduced the score to 75:78. Herbert then took another timeout. In the end, Germany won 83:77 and are therefore world champions!