When Team USA assembled its roster and decided on its game plan for this World Cup cycle, they made a bet. It was a sensible bet and they stacked the deck as much as they could to try to win it, but the reality was they entered knowing they left themselves exposed.

That wager — that size differential could be overcome with other attributes — has failed. Germany, another European team that towered over the Americans, used the given advantage and beat Team USA 113-111 in the world semifinals Friday.

It will deny the Americans gold in the event for a second consecutive time. They will settle for playing for bronze Sunday (ESPN2 4:45 am ET) against Canada, who lost to Serbia in the day’s other semifinal.

The U.S. played a spirited and aggressive game. They were just too small and it showed up repeatedly just as it did against Lithuania last weekend in the event’s previous loss.

Germany was simply able to get more chances to score because it often was able to get the ball back when it missed. The Germans pulled down 16 offensive rebounds and it led to 25 second-chance points (Team USA had 8).

Germany shot a sizzling 58% overall and racking up 50 points in the paint.

In addition to Schroder, who finished with 17 points, the German NBA big men feasted. Franz Wagner finished with 22 points and Daniel Theis had 21. Anthony Edwards led Team USA with 23 points and Mikal Bridges added 17.