The German national team, which reached the World Cup finals for the first time in its history, was already ten points ahead of its rival with the NBA players at the beginning of the match in Manila, which made the final close with 9 points. -0 runs in the final innings. In this, thanks to another brilliant period, the Germans withdrew again and maintained a little of their advantage.
In Sunday’s final, Germany will take on Serbia, which defeated the Canadian team in Manila by almost a lead earlier in the day.
Canada, made up of seven NBA players, qualified for its first World Cup final, while the Balkan Guards attempted to reach their second final in the last three World Cups. The Serbs, who are still known as Serbia and Montenegro, celebrated the World Cup in 1998 and 2002, and in the latter tournament they won the World Cup. Svetislav Pesic He sat on the bench who is currently managing the team. The 74-year-old Barcelona coaching legend Adam Hanga He also had a coach.
Both sides were missing their biggest star, Nikola Jokic And Jamal Murray In June, together with the Denver Nuggets, he became the champion of the NBA, but none of them went to the World Cup.
In the previous tournament in 2019, No. 21 Canada led just 13-12, but the Europeans turned it around on an 11-0 run to take a 15-point lead at 52-37. After the long break, the Canadians could only trail by eight points, unable to cope with the excellent defensive work of the Serb, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist. Bogdan Bogdanovicial (Atlanta Hawks), who finished the season with 23 points.
In the North American Guard R. J. Barrett He also excelled with 23 points and was listed as one of the contenders for the best title in the tournament Shai Gilgeous-Alexander However, it only reached 15.
This will be the fifth European final in World Cup history, the last time it happened in 2006, when Spain and Greece competed for the gold medal.
Serbia-Canada 95-86 (23-15, 29-24, 23-24, 20-23)
Germany-USA 113-111 (33-31, 26-29, 35-24, 19-27)
Additional programme, Saturday:
For seventh place: Italy – Slovenia 10.45 am
For fifth place: Latvia – Lithuania 14.30
Bronze match: Canada-United States 10.30
finals: Serbia-Germany 14.40