February 25, 2024

German basketball players lose to Canada in the Super Cup

TDespite strong leader Dennis Schröder, the German basketball players suffered their first defeat in preparation for the task of winning a World Cup medal. On Sunday, the national team lost the second difficult test in the Super Cup final in Hamburg to Canada, the candidate to qualify for the cup, 112:113 (101:101, 49:45) after extra time. Just four days earlier, the Germans had defeated North America 86:81 in Berlin.

“Matches like this are important for us before the World Cup,” said Andreas Obst. “We relied on defense several times and we didn’t do everything offensively either. We were very passive in some stages.” Johannes Voigtmann also emphasized the benefits of the game: “It’s a good educational process for us, and we need games like this.”

In the last test on German soil, Schroeder was the host team’s top scorer with 26 points. The defeat to the Canadians, led by NBA star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, was the first after three Test victories on the way to the World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Only on Saturday, the hosts beat China in the Super Cup semi-final, with a score of 107:58.

The start of the World Cup for Germany against Japan

After the Super Cup, the national players will have two days off before heading to Abu Dhabi for two more test matches against Greece and the USA (August 19/20). The World Cup competitions (until September 10) for the Germans begin on August 25 in Okinawa against Japan, the host country. Other opponents in the tough preliminary group are Australia and Finland.

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