Germany takes the star. For the first time in its history, the German basketball team is crowned world champion. This Sunday, September 10 in Manila, the Nationalmannschaft won against Serbia (83-77) in the final of the 2023 Basketball World Cup. Bronze medalist in 2002 with Dirk Nowitzki, the German team thus won its second supreme title after Euro 1993.
Led by Dennis Schröder (28 points scored, including his team's last five), Germany made the difference in the third quarter (won 22 to 10), at the end of which they led 69 to 57, before to resist the return of the Serbs, crowned for the last time in 2002.
This coronation, without losing a single match and after eliminating the United States in the semi-finals, consecrates the reconstruction work carried out since post-Nowitzki and extends a successful Euro 2022 at home, with a third place, then the best result of Germany since 2005 (Euro final). Coached by the Canadian Gordon Herbert, she succeeds Spain on the list.
After having managed to contain the Serbs, who came back to three lengths with 1 min 20 sec from the end (78-75), after a winning shot then three free throws from point guard Aleksa Avramovic, the man of the match for the Serbian side (21 points) . After an interception by captain and point guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, which was off in the second half (two points, 17 overall), Marko Guduric then had the equalizer but his long-range shot didn't find the target .
And Schröder, penetrating the Serbian racket 22 seconds from the buzzer then scoring his two free throws (83-77), completed the German success. The Toronto Raptors' next point guard has been voted MVP of the competition.
The Mannschaft was also able to count on the 19 points of its winger Franz Wagner, relieved at the start of the match of its regular defender Ognjen Dobric (injured an ankle after 2 minutes and 20 seconds). And the domination in the racket of Johannès Voigtmann (12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists), who extinguished the Serbian pivot Nikola Milutinov (2 points on free throws, 4 rebounds), brilliant in the semi-finals against Canada.