Dusseldorf overcame that disappointment with a superb performance in Deqing Huzhou, where the No.5 seeds were unbeaten to signal they are ready for a breakout season.
They easily overcame popular veterans NY Harlem (USA) on Day One before impressive performances at the knockout stage, which included thrilling victories over Lausanne (SUI) and powerhouse Liman (SRB).
Dusseldorf were led by MVP Niklas Kropp, whose towering frame mixed with insane handles and a lethal lefty jumper makes him an unstoppable scorer.
The 25-year-old former Hamburg player is destined for stardom and he flat out dominated Deqing Huzhou, including finishing second in scoring with 37 points.
He combined brilliantly with sharpshooter Alan Boger, who isn't just a doppelganger for Luka Doncic - the dude can flat out ball in his own right.
With Florian Wendeler and Kevin Bryant rounding out this emerging team, Dusseldorf are making their move on the pro circuit.
There was a lot of excitement over this match-up, especially over the two expert snipers Niklas Kropp and Stefan Kojic who had clearly been the best players in the tournament.
It was almost a shoot-out contest between them with the lanky German getting a head start with a couple of two-pieces before Kojic went bang, bang.
Kojic was in heater mode and his hot hand was extended to Yanxu Zhou, whose two lifted Liman to a 15-11 lead.
Kropp took matters in his own hands with fancy dribbling and a nice dish to Florian Wendeler for a bucket before another two-piece got the Germans within a point.
Dusseldorf had the momentum and they lifted their defensive intensity to shut down Stojic and take control. Fittingly, it was Kropp who finished the business with a couple of two-pieces to cap his insane 12-point performance.
He was a deserved MVP as the Germans celebrated their title and made a statement to the competition.
The reward: Two tickets to the Edmonton Masters
Dusseldorf LFDY and Liman qualified for the Edmonton Masters on July 28-29, 2023. They join Ub Huishan NE, Riga, Amsterdam HiPRO, Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy, Washington and San Juan.
Final Standings: 1. Dusseldorf LFDY (GER) 2. Liman (SRB) 3. Lausanne (SUI) 4. Toronto KBA (CAN) 5. Partizan (SRB)
Top Scorers: 1. Stefan Kojic (Liman, SRB) 44 pts 2. Niklas Kropp (Dusseldorf LFDY, GER) 37 pts 3. Ning Zhang (Liman, SRB) 36 pts 4. Alan Boger (Dusseldorf LFDY, GER) 28 pts 5. Marko Milakovic (Utsunomiya BREX EXE, JPN) 24 pts
Key Stats: - Fourth seeds NY Harlem (USA) were bounced on Day One after losing to Hangzhou (CHN) and Dusseldorf LFDY (GER). - Westher Molteni aka 'King Wes' was a beast on the boards to finish with 28 rebounds from 4 games. - Partizan's Marko Stevanovic had arguably the best game of the event against Saitama ALPHA (JPN) with a triple-five of 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 highlights with a buzzer beater to boot.