Cancel
16.09.2015, 18:30h
16.09.2015, 18:30h
89-75
21 - 2124 - 2122 - 2122 - 12
21 - 2124 - 2122 - 2122 - 12
Venue: Lille (FRA) |
Spectators: 8726 |
Referees: Christos Christodoulou (GRE), Olegs Latisevs (LAT), Emin Mogulkoc (TUR)

GAME REPORT


Serbia Pull Away From Czechs To Enter Semis

Serbia switched gears in the fourth frame of their Wednesday quarter-final clash with the Czech Republic to clinch an 89-75 victory and a berth in the EuroBasket 2015 semi-finals in Lille.

 

Turning Point: Tomas Satoransky inspired a strong Czech finish to the third quarter and Serbia saw the double-digit lead they had worked so hard to build reduced to 67-63. Serbian coach Sasha Djordjevic turned to his bench, told Miroslav Raduljica to return to the court and the big man immediately went to work down low, sparking an 8-1 Serbian burst that Milos Teodosic capped off by converting a three-point play 7:02 from the end of the final stanza that made it 75-64.

 

Stats Don't Lie: Serbia showcased their depth as Raduljica and Zoran Erceg came off the bench and hurt the Czechs enormously, the former in the paint and the latter by stretching the floor and shooting from range. The frontcourt duo combined for 36 of Serbia's 50 points off the bench, while the Czech Republic got a mere 14 points from their entire second unit - a total of six players coming off the bench.

 

Game Hero: It is a testament to the genius of Milos Teodosic that despite the fact Pavel Pumprla and the entire Czech defence were on a mission to make his life difficult and forced him to endure a poor shooting night, they did not manage to hamper the creativity of the Serbian star who dished out 14 assists.

 

Bottom Line: Serbia return to the semi-finals of the EuroBasket for the first time since 2009, when they had won the silver medal in Poland. It is however their second consecutive trip to the semi-finals in as many major tournaments under the tenure of coach Djordjevic, which commenced prior to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Serbia have in the process secured a berth at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, even if eventually they do not progress to the final. The Czech Republic will play the losing side in the clash between Lithuania and Italy and can still qualify for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

They Said: "Teodosic is an amazing player, he does things in practice that I have never seen in my life. His passing ability is amazing...he has put a big stamp on the last decade with the way he plays, his vision of the game is unbelievable." - Serbia head coach Sasha Djordjevic

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

53.4%

31/58
FG
M/A

47.5%

28/59

72.7%

24/33
FG2P
M/A

56.4%

22/39

28.0%

7/25
FG3P
M/A

30.0%

6/20

83.3%

20/24
FT
M/A

72.2%

13/18

33

7/26
RT
RO/RD

29

7/22

26

AS

20

11

TO

15

7

ST

5

2

BS

2

21

PF

21

89

Pts

75

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