Serbia were made to work extremely hard for three and a half quarters to beat Germany 89-68 in Group F of the Qualifying Round at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 in Hagondange, France.
The Serbs scored the first 10 points of the game and led 28-13 at the end of the first quarter behind the strong play of Dejan Musli.
But Germany, after a horrendous shooting start, eventually got into a good rhythm as they outscored their opponents 18-7 in the second quarter to cut the deficit to four, 35-31, at the break.
And they would keep on coming in the third period, taking their first lead, 39-38, on Danilo Barthel's lay up with 8:09 left in the period.
Serbia went back in front 56-48 thanks to the scoring punch of Nikolo Rondovic but Philipp Neumann went on a personal 5-0 run to cut the deficit to three.
Vladimir Jovanovic's men took a 63-57 lead heading into the final frame and, when Danilo Andjusic and Lazar Radosavljevic hit consecutive three-pointers, they were up 70-57 with 6:44 left to play.
Germany couldn't muster another comeback and Serbia ran up the score.
Andjusic had a game-high 26 points and Musli finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Neumann had 20 points and six rebounds.