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Team US Suffers a Shocking Loss to Germany in FIBA World Cup Semi-Finals

The United States came into the FIBA Basketball World Cup as one of the front-runners, but they ended up breaking under the pressure. Their semi-final match delivered some of the tournament’s wildest moments and saw them losing to Germany by just two points, 113-111. After the tight first two halves, Germany created some distance by outscoring the Americans 35-24 in the third quarter. Team US tried to make a comeback with a 13-2 scoring run in the fourth quarter, but a step-back triple from Andreas Obst stopped them in their track. This win is a huge deal for Germany because this marks their first FIBA Basketball World Cup final, and the best result since finishing third in 2002. The team’s boss Gordie Herbert is confident they can win the whole thing after getting a major confidence boost against the United States. "It's a special group. The way we played, the way we played together, we stuck together when things got tough and we had players who made some huge plays. One more to go," Herbert told the reporters after Friday's match. Germany will now face Serbia for a chance to walk away with gold on Sunday, while the United States will have to beat Canada to walk away with the consolation bronze medal.