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Germany secured the gold medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, taking down Serbia in the title game in Manila. The Germans — led by Franz Wagner and Dennis Schroder — pulled ahead of Serbia in the third quarter and held on in the fourth to complete an unbeaten run at the tournament. It’s the first FIBA World Cup gold medal for Germany, which beat Team USA in the semifinals. Serbia was without Nikola Jokic in the tournament, but Bogdan Bogdanovic led the country to its second-ever silver medal.

Team USA, meanwhile, finished medal-less for the second consecutive World Cup, losing to Canada on Sunday for the bronze medal. Dillon Brooks scored a game-high 39 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 31 as Canada won the third-place game, 127-118, in overtime.

Canada was in the driver’s seat for most of the third-place game, but Team USA rallied from 10 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to tie the game by the middle of the period. Canada re-took lead, and with Team USA down by four with less than five seconds remaining, the contest turned into The Mikal Bridges Show. The Nets guard made his first free throw to cut the deficit to three points and then he intentionally missed his second attempt to the right side, rebounded it himself, ran out to the 3-point line and nailed a jumper to tie the game at 111. Canada outscored Team USA 16-7 in the extra session.

The medal was Canada’s first on the international stage in more than 85 years, having earned a silver at the 1936 Olympics after losing to the United States, 19-8. (That’s not a typo.) The championship at the Berlin Games was held outdoors on a muddy clay court. Needless to say, conditions will be rather different at next summer’s Paris Games. And both Team USA and Canada had previously qualified for the 2024 Olympics.

Some notable teams that got knocked out of gold medal contention early in the tournament were perennial European powerhouses France and Spain. The French were unceremoniously dumped out of the tournament in the group stages, while the Spanish saw their run come to a close on Sunday with a heartbreaking defeat to Canada in the second round. There was some good news for the teams who did not make the quarterfinals, however. Australia, Japan and South Sudan all qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics by virtue of their performance in the classification games. France will also be there as the host nation.

FIBA World Cup scores

Gold-medal game: Germany 83, Serbia 77

Bronze-medal game: Canada 127, USA 118

Semifinals

  • Germany 113, USA 111
  • Serbia 95, Canada 86

Quarterfinals

  • Serbia 87, Lithuania 68
  • USA 100, Italy 63
  • Germany 81, Latvia 79
  • Canada 100, Slovenia 89

Second-round scores

Friday, September 1
Italy 78, Serbia 76
Germany 100, Georgia 73
Latvia 74, Spain 69
USA 85, Montenegro 73
Puerto Rico 102, Dominican Republic 97
Slovenia 91, Australia 80
Lithuania 92, Greece 67

Sunday, September 3
Australia 100, Georgia 84
Italy 73, Puerto Rico 57
Montenegro 73, Greece 69
Latvia 104, Brazil 84
Germany 100, Slovenia, 71
Serbia 112, Dominican Republic 79
Lithuania 110, USA 104
Canada 88, Spain 85

Final second-round group standings

Note: Opening round group stage results carry over. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a loss. Tiebreakers are decided by head-to-head record, or point differential if necessary. 

Group I GP W L PD Points Qualification

Italy

5

4

1

+34

9

Quarterfinals

Serbia

5

4

1

+122

9

Quarterfinals

Puerto Rico

5

3

2

-5

8

Eliminated

Dominican Republic

5

3

2

-19

8

Eliminated

Group J GP W L PD Points Qualification

Lithuania

5

5

0

+107

10

Quarterfinals

United States

5

4

1

+109

9

Quarterfinals

Montenegro

5

3

2

+7

8

Eliminated

Greece

5

2

3

-27

7

Eliminated

Group K GP W L PD Points Qualification

Germany

5

5

0

+103

10

Quarterfinals

Slovenia

5

4

1

+33

9

Quarterfinals

Australia

5

3

2

+48

8

Eliminated

Georgia

5

2

3

-28

7

Eliminated

Group L GP W L PD Points Qualification

Canada

5

4

1

+110

9

Quarterfinals

Latvia

5

4

1

+40

9

Quarterfinals

Spain

5

3

2

+60

8

Eliminated

Brazil

5

3

2

+19

8

Eliminated

Final standings

  1. Germany
  2. Serbia
  3. Canada
  4. United States
  5. Latvia
  6. Lithuania
  7. Slovenia
  8. Italy
  9. Spain — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  10. Australia — qualification to 2024 Paris Olympics
  11. Brazil — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  12. Montenegro — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  13. Puerto Rico — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  14. Dominican Republic — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  15. Greece — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  16. Georgia — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  17. South Sudan — qualification to 2024 Paris Olympics
  18. France — already qualified to 2024 Paris Olympics (as host)
  19. Japan — qualification to 2024 Paris Olympics
  20. Egypt — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  21. Finland — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  22. New Zealand — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  23. Lebanon — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  24. Philippines — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  25. Mexico — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  26. Angola — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  27. Ivory Coast — qualification to Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  28. Cape Verde 
  29. China
  30. Venezuela
  31. Iran
  32. Jordan

Source: CBSSports.com

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