Germany holds off Latvia and will next play the USA in the Basketball World Cup semifinals

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Germany will play the United States in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup in a rematch of an exhibition matchup from earlier this summer where the Americans needed a big rally to win. Franz Wagner scored 16 points and Germany held off Latvia 81-79 in a quarterfinal game, pulling away in the fourth quarter of what had been a back-and-forth matchup for the first 30 minutes. Germany is the last unbeaten team left in the World Cup. Next up: The U.S. on Friday for a spot in Sunday’s gold medal game.