Germany Triumphs Over Serbia to Claim First-Ever Basketball World Championship

Germany's basketball players claimed their maiden world championship title, besting Serbia with a score of 83:77.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Germany Triumphs Over Serbia to Claim First-Ever Basketball World Championship
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Germany's basketball players claimed their maiden world championship title, besting Serbia with a score of 83:77. The electrifying final, which took place in Manila, was a rollercoaster of emotions, skills, and nail-biting moments.

Serbia's Strong Start but Germany's Steadfast Response

The game began with Serbia showing dominance on the court, quickly establishing a 5:0 lead. However, they couldn't stretch their lead beyond five points during the entirety of the first quarter.

By the end of it, Serbia was only narrowly ahead with a score of 26:23. The second quarter was eerily reminiscent of the first. Serbia once again took an early five-point lead, but both teams jostled for dominance throughout.

The quarter culminated in a tie, setting the stage for a tense second half with both teams deadlocked at 47:47. The prowess of the players was evident in the first half. Dennis Schroder and Franz Wagner were the shining stars for Germany, netting 14 points each.

On the Serbian side, Bogdan Bogdanović took the limelight with 15 points.

Germany's Ascendancy in the Second Half

The latter half of the match was a testament to Germany's resilience and skill.

From the get-go, they displayed a level of brilliance on the floor that stunned both fans and opponents alike. After taking the lead, they held onto it firmly, stretching it to a staggering 12-point advantage, entering the last quarter with a score of 69:57 in their favor.

Serbia, showing their mettle, managed a brief resurgence in the last quarter, closing in to just four points behind Germany. However, the Germans maintained their composure, preventing a major upset. When the final whistle blew, it was Germany's time to bask in the glory of a well-earned gold medal.

Schroder, in an outstanding performance, led Germany with a whopping 28 points, followed by Wagner's commendable 19. For Serbia, Aleksa Avramović was the top scorer with 21 points, with Bogdanović adding 17. Notably, Bogdanović, despite his strong start, could only manage two points in the second half.

A Look Back at Past Glories

This gold medal marks Germany's first-ever in world championships, a significant leap from their bronze finish in 2022. Serbia, on the other hand, clinched their second silver, recalling their previous loss in the 2014 final against the United States.

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