Super Serbia Stun Defending Champions

26 July 2012

14. Dragana Stankovic (Serbia)
Serbia center Dragana Stankovic shot 100 percent from the floor to lead all scorers with 18 points

It proved to be a disastrous return to Romanian soil for last year's U18 European Championship Women gold medallists Belgium, who started their title defence with an eye-opening 64-36 loss to Serbia.

The first half was simply one way traffic as a sluggish and out of sorts Belgium were brought down to earth with a hefty bump.

A shell-shocked coach Goethals and his team had no answer as they were left trailing in the wake of a ruthless and buoyant Serbian whirlwind.

While much will be made of Belgium's horror show, the credit should go to Serbia for exploiting and exposing the Belgian frailties.

Dragana Stankovic led the way for the winners with 18 points and was a perfect seven-of-seven from the floor with only a few missed free-throws spoiling an excellent display.

Having been crashed 20-5 during the opening ten minutes, Belgium will have hoped it was just a blip, but they also lost the second quarter by the same margin, to fall 43-13 behind.

With their offence misfiring and Serbia impressively slick, the second half was all about pride for the Belgians who improved but they were never realistically going to make any real comeback with their terrific opponent always looking comfortable.



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