The unforeseen loss came courtesy of Germany, who defeated Team USA 113-111 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup semifinals. Philippines expectations were not met despite bringing a talented crew by the US.
Not until the second half did one team begin to pull away. Halftime saw the US holding a narrow lead of 60 points to 59. A 10-point lead was gained in the final quarter after Germany outscored the US in the third quarter.
Despite falling short, Team USA was led by Anthony Edwards and Austin Reaves in their comeback bid. Key plays were made at the most critical moments by Germany, resulting in their berth in the World Cup final.
A team of NBA stars hasn’t been enough to lead the US to the World Cup championship game, marking two straight unsuccessful attempts.
Kerr recognized the shifting global basketball environment, which makes it harder to win championships like the World Cup. With the help of players like Dennis Schröder, Franz Wagner, and Daniel Theis, Germany displayed their collective might and cooperation en route to their semifinal triumph.
Team USA has been relegated to third place against Canada, after losing to Germany in the World Cup final. Scheduled for Sunday, the two matches will take place, preceded by the third-place contest.