Team Germany has won their first World Cup title ever.
They stand atop the men’s international basketball world after beating Serbia in the Gold Medal game 83-77.
Dennis Schroder led the way for Germany with 28 points as he was named Tournament MVP:
🇩🇪 Averaged team high, 19.1 PPG & 6.1 APG
🇩🇪 Led Germany to an undefeated title
— NBA (@NBA) September 10, 2023
Schroder had an amazing tournament run. He averaged a team high 19.1 points and 6.1 assists per game. He led Germany to an undefeated record at the FIBA World Cup.
Germany went 8-0 in the tournament, becoming the fifth consecutive World Cup champion to go unbeaten.
Schroder was interrupted by his teammates at his postgame news conference. They gave him a water shower and celebrated around him:
Dennis Schroder’s teammates gave him a water shower during his post-game press conference 🤣🌧️
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) September 10, 2023
Schroder stepped up when Team Germany needed him the most. After his ‘worst game’ ever, Schroder responded with 24 points, 9 assists in the upset win over Team USA and then with a dominant performance in the Gold Medal game against Serbia.
Germany went on a 22-10 run in the third quarter which gave them some breathing room after a tight first half. Serbia was unable to claim the lead down the stretch. It got within 79-77, but Schroder provided the dagger as he blew past two defenders for a layup on the ensuing possession to restore a four-point lead for Germany.
There was concern over Schroder battling an Achilles injury ahead of the World Cup, but not only did he look healthy but he was the best player at the tournament.
Schroder now gets ready for start of Raptors season
Schroder will now get ready for the preseason with his new team the Toronto Raptors. He signed a two-year deal worth $26 million with Toronto this offseason.
Raptors fans are hoping that this version of Schroder is the one they’re getting for the 2023-24 season.
Schroder will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in Toronto, so let’s see if he makes the most out of them.
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