GROUP ESerbia landed cruised to a vital 64-38 win over Finland at the U16 European Championship Women to keep their Quarter-Final Round dream alive.
The result means that Finland are now eliminated from contention for a Quarter-Final spot.
Natasa Kovacevic once again proved she is the key player for Head Coach Dragan Ognjenovic, posting 13 points, four steals and four rebounds in a game where Serbia really took advantage of the Finns' weakness under the basket. Serbia scored points in the paint and they had the edge in rebounding.
Finland started the game with good outside shooting but went ice cold after the first quarter. Anni Kärkkäinen had 10 points and was perfect from the free throw line (4/4).
Led by Kovacevic, the Serbs took an early 10-3 advantage. Finland were shooting exceptionally well from long range (3 of 6 from three point distance). Their sharp shooting brought them back in striking distance after ten minutes (14-11 for Serbia).
Serbia's offense relied on the inside game which it turned out to be more productive than the outside game of Finland.
The Finns could not keep up their good shooting numbers and after five minutes of play in the second quarter, they were down by 11 points. Serbia closed out the quarter strong and claimed a 34-21 lead at halftime. At that point they had already scored 20 points in the paint.
In the second half Serbia put the game to sleep. They outscored Finland 16-6 in the third quarter for an insurmountable 50-27 advantage and finally cruised to the 63-48 win.
The upcoming game against Sweden promises to be the key game for Serbia in order to advance.