After FIBA World Cup win, Dennis Schroder hopes German basketball will gain more respect

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — Germany made history as it bagged its first-ever title in the FIBA World Cup.

Germany outdueled Serbia, 83-77, in front of more than 12,000 spectators Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Dennis Schroder was the leader of the European squad, orchestrating the offense and taking over when he needed to. He was hailed as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, averaging 19.1 points and 6.1 assists.

Following their triumphant stint, the 29-year-old guard said he hopes more people will hold them in higher regard.

“When we first started the tournament, I couldn’t be on TV because only the final was on German TV. Basketball is such a great sport. I wish we would get our respect. In the European championship or next year in the Olympics in Paris, I wish that every single game is on TV,” he told reporters in a post-game press conference.

“But we see the steps. People started recognizing what we’ve worked for our country and representing it. We just want respect,” he added.

Germany’s stint in the World Cup was remarkable, going on a perfect 8-0 campaign against tough opponents including Team USA.

“It’s unbelievable. An unbelievable group. We started in end of July being together. Coach did a great job of bringing us together and knowing their roles. Everybody just brought their best to be successful,” the Toronto Raptors cager said.