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Highlights from Day 16 of the World Cup: Germany’s Dennis Schroder shines

Germans Dennis Schroder

On the last day of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Germany won its first-ever gold title at a World Cup by beating Serbia 83–77. This was a historic moment for the country. Earlier in the day, Canada won bronze by beating the U.S. in an exciting overtime game. Dillon Brooks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a total of 70 points to help Canada beat the U.S. and send Team USA home with nothing.

Here is a look at who stood out in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday.

Germany, Dennis Schroder

Germany, Dennis Schroder

Schroder was the engine that propelled Germany to their first-ever World Cup win and an undefeated run through the competition. This victory capped up Germany’s perfect record at the tournament. He finished with 28 points in the game for the gold medal and was voted the TISSOT Most Valuable Player of the 2023 FIBA World Cup as a result of his speed and change-of-pace drives.

The defining moment of Schroder’s career occurred in the final minutes of the championship game, when he calmly blasted past the Serbian defender for the game-sealing basket to put Germany up four and close out their first World Cup triumph. This put Germany in position to win their first World Cup.

Germany, Franz Wagner

Germany, Franz Wagner

After being hurt in his ankle and missing a few games, the Magic forward finished strong in Manila. Wagner had 19 points and seven rebounds in the championship game. He made 4 of 11 shots and 10 of 11 free throws. Wagner’s last season, in which he scored 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds, showed why Orlando wants him back for a third season.

Serbia, Bogdan Bogdanovic

Serbia, Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdanovic had a great FIBA World Cup. In the gold medal game, Serbia lost to Germany 83-77, but Bogdanovic had another big game. He scored 17 points and had five passes. Bogdanovic was one of the tournament’s bright spots. In his eight games, he averaged 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.1 steals. He also shot 52.6% from the field, which got him a spot on the tournament’s All-Star 5 team.

Canada, Dillon Brooks

Canada, Dillon Brooks

Brooks had a great last game at the FIBA World Cup. The fiery Rockets swingman scored 39 points and was almost perfect from 3-point range, making all but one of his eight tries. This helped Canada beat the U.S. in a thrilling bronze medal game. Brooks, who was also named Defensive Player of the Tournament, had five assists, a steal, and two blocks. He gave Team USA trouble the whole game and helped Canada win its first-ever medal at the FIBA World Cup.

Canada, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Canada, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Gilgeous-Alexander became a real star at this World Cup, and his performance in the game that won third place may have been his best of the whole competition. The U.S. didn’t know what to do about the Thunder guard, who kept probing and cutting through the defense to score 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting and 8-of-8 free throws.

After Bridges’ amazing finish in regulation sent the game into overtime, SGA took over and scored the first five points for Canada, including a step-back 3-pointer that shook Austin Reaves and sent Bridges to the floor. In one of the biggest wins in Canadian history, he also had 12 assists (he set up Brooks for five of his seven 3-pointers) and six boards.

USA Mikal Bridges

USA Mikal Bridges

Anthony Edwards (24 points, 1st Team All-Tournament) and Austin Reaves (23 points) led Team USA in scoring, but Bridges was a big reason why the U.S. didn’t lose to Canada in the bronze medal game. Bridges ended the game with 19 points, nine boards, two steals, and one of the most crazy plays of the tournament.

With four seconds left and the U.S. down by three, Bridges purposely missed the second free throw, grabbed his own rebound, and ran to the corner for a crazy game-tying 3 to send the game to overtime. Canada won in the end, but that was the end of a tournament in which he scored 13.6 points per game and made 63.3% of his shots (55.6% of his 3s).

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