Franz Wagner described Germany’s conquest of the US within the semifinals of the Fiba World Cup as a validation of what the staff had believed even earlier than the 2 squads met in a pre-tournament pleasant in Abu Dhabi.
Germany claimed a 113-111 victory earlier than a shocked crowd at Mall of Asia Enviornment to rearrange an all-European closing with Serbia in a end result totally different from the 99-91 loss it absorbed to the People earlier than flying into Manila for the competitors.
“I feel it confirms what we felt earlier than our sport in Abu Dhabi,” Wagner stated.
Anthony Edwards exploded within the fourth quarter of the stated warmup as Crew USA rallied from a double-digit deficit to take the victory. It was an identical state of affairs of their newest meetup, this time, with increased stakes on the road, however with the end result ending otherwise.
The Germans are hoping to finish the World Cup with a Naismith Trophy to take dwelling following a marketing campaign constructed on the foundations of final 12 months’s Eurobasket, once they misplaced to eventual champion Spain within the semifinals earlier than settling for third.
Now they’ve an opportunity to offer themselves the label of world champion.
“I feel final 12 months, we felt that we let that one slip, and we had been higher than the bronze that we acquired and we had an enormous aim coming in,” stated the Orlando Magic ahead.
“Like coach [Gordon Herbert] stated, we’re one win away. However I feel from the primary day that we acquired collectively in the summertime, we believed that we’re a particular group that may win towards any staff,” added Wagner.
Wagner had 22 factors and 5 rebounds within the semis, displaying his return for the reason that begin of the ultimate section has been an integral a part of unbeaten Germany’s success.
He missed 4 video games bridging the primary and second rounds in Okinawa on account of an injured ankle sustained towards the match co-host Japan.
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