Serbia are through to the quarter-finals of EuroBasket 2015 after producing a fine offensive display to rise above Finland 94-81 in Lille on Sunday.
Turning Point: Finland stuck with Serbia by taking, and making, some brave shots. But Aleksandar Djordjevic's side then showed why they are among the favourites for the gold medal, breaking out from a two-point lead with three minutes to play in the third quarter by connecting on 12 consecutive field goals, including four triples to start the final stanza, to make it 91-72.
Stats Don't Lie: Thanks in no small part to that fine run, as well as some well-executed offences to create good opportunities close to the basket, Serbia finished with an overall field-goal percentage of 59%. They prevailed despite attempting 17 fewer shots than Finland, while also tallying 30 assists.
Game Hero: Miroslav Raduljica epitomised his team's efficiency, going for 27 points off 11-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He offered a threat the Finns simply could not match, and could not handle defensively.
The Bottom Line: Finland made Serbia work for this one, but they proved to be more than fit for the challenge. Finland could not have given much more, Sasu Salin starring with 26 points off 4-of-8 shooting from long range, but the 2014 FIBA World Cup silver medallists just had too much. They march on, unbeaten in six games, to face Czech Republic in the quarter-finals, reaching the last eight for a fourth consecutive EuroBasket.
They Said: "How [Serbia] play together is amazing, how they pass the ball how they share the ball - 30 assists is like ‘wow'" - Henrik Dettmann.