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Germany eliminates Latvia, secures World Cup semis spot
Germany eliminates Latvia, secures World Cup semis spot
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Germany eliminates Latvia, secures World Cup semis spot
by Kristan Carag07 September 2023
Photo Credits: fiba.basketball

Germany also secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Germany survived a late rally by Latvia for an 81-79 win on Wednesday, September 6, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Franz Wagner scored 16 points and Andreas Obst added 13 points for the Germans to set a semifinal match against the United States.

Germany trailed behind, 13-3, early in the first quarter following an 11-point run by Latvia that featured back-to-back three-point baskets by Dāvis Bertāns.

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Maodo Lo buried his own three-pointer for Germany to seize the lead, 36-34, at halftime.

In the first two minutes of the final period, the Latvians experienced a scoring drought that allowed Germany to widen the gap, 70-59

With at least a minute left in the game, baskets by Artūrs Žagars allowed Latvia to cut the deficit down to two points, 79-77

Daniel Theis made two free throws to stop the bleeding and allowed Germany to secure a four-point advantage with at least 49 seconds left in the clock.

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Žagars finished with 24 points, and Bertāns chipped in 20 points for Latvia.

Germany will face the five-time World Cup champions in the semifinals on Friday, September 8, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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