Serbia and Montenegro have proved once again that they are the top country in Europe at producing basketball talent. The evidence? Gold medals for the cadet and cadette national teams at their respective European Championships.
The European Championship for Cadets was held 18-27 July 2003 in Rivas, Spain. The home team Spanish were considered to be among the tournament favourites, but Serbia and Montenegro allowed no other team a look in as they powered to their 4th European Cadet Championship in succession.
Serbia and Montenegro were simply dominant throughout the tournament, finishing with an undefeated 8-0 record and an average winning margin of 23.75 points per game. In the Championship game they faced Turkey, who up until that point had also yet to lose in the tournament. It was clear that the two best teams in the competition were facing each other in the final, and ultimately it was also clear that Serbia and Montenegro would prevail.
The Turks managed to keep up with Serbia and Montenegro until the 3rd quarter, when a 30-16 run from the defending champions broke the game open. Turkey stayed with their opponents in the 4th quarter, but were unable to make any impact on the gap and the game finished 83-68.
Serbia and Montenegro were led from the front by forwards Milenko Tepic (198 cm) and Drag Labovic (205 cm). Tepic finished the game with 31 points (12/15 from the floor) and 9 rebounds while Labovic chipped in 27 points of his own. Mehmet Yagmur (185 cm guard) top scored for Turkey with 20 points.
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