Germany ended Latvia’s dream run on the Basketball World Cup on Wednesday with a nervy 81-79 win to squeeze into the semifinals and a conflict with the US.
Debutant Latvia had already overwhelmed defending champion Spain and Tokyo Olympics silver-medallist France on its strategy to the quarterfinals.
However unbeaten Germany stopped it in its tracks with a hard-fought win in Manila and can now tackle the People on Friday.
Latvia jumped out to a 10-point lead after solely 5 minutes however Germany pegged it again and led by two at half-time. The lead repeatedly modified palms however ultimately Germany started to press its benefit and it nearly held on.
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Franz Wagner was Germany’s high scorer with 16 factors, adopted by Andreas Obst (13) and Moritz Wagner (12). However playmaker Dennis Schroder had a day to neglect, scoring solely 4 of his 26 field-goal makes an attempt.
Arturs Zagars was Latvia’s high scorer with 24 factors, adopted by Davis Bertans with 20, which included six three-pointers.
Latvia’s loss eradicated it from the race for one of many two Paris Olympic berths out there for European groups on the World Cup. Within the day’s second quarterfinal, Slovenia faces Canada with a semifinal matchup in opposition to Serbia up for grabs.