With three European Championship heroes, the German basketball players are fighting for their ticket to the 2023 World Cup.

The German basketball team is fighting for its ticket to the 2023 World Cup with three European Championship heroes: Niels Giffey, Justus Hollatz, and Christian Sengfelder in the squad for the two qualifying games against Finland in Bamberg (11 November/19.00) and against host Slovenia in Koper (13 November, 18.00).

They need one more win to qualify for the finals in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

“It’s a great opportunity to play in Germany again so soon after EuroBasket. And in such a great basketball city and with the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup,” said national coach Gordon Herbert.

Bamberg will be the first international match since the bronze medal in Berlin. Jacob Patrick (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) could make his debut in the national team, but the NBA professionals and the players from EuroLeague clubs are not available.

Herbert: Talented group with great potential

For Herbert, the selection of the professionals was “especially decisive, which players have also declared in the past to play in the qualification windows,” said the Canadian: “We have a talented group together, which has great potential to be very good defensively.”

In the second group stage, the German Basketball Federation (DBB) selection leads Season J ahead of the already qualified Finland (both 15 points), Slovenia (13), and Sweden (11). Four teams from the group of six will get a ticket.

The German line-up at a glance:

Robin Christen, Karim Jallow (both Ratiopharm Ulm), Max DiLeo, Kenneth Ogbe (both EWE Baskets Oldenburg), Bastian Doreth (Medi Bayreuth), Niels Giffey (UCAM Murcia/Spain), Justus Hollatz (CB Breogan/Spain), David Krämer (Löwen Braunschweig), Leon Kratzer (Telekom Baskets Bonn), Dominic Lockhart (Niners Chemnitz), Jacob Patrick (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg), Gavin Schilling (Limoges CSP/France), Christian Sengfelder (Brose Bamberg)