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Serbia Find Range To End Slovenia Streak

25 July 2009

Serbia recovered from a slow start to hand Slovenia their first defeat, 69-50, at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 in Metz, France.

With the win, Serbia top Group B but Slovenia are also assured of advancing to the Qualifying Round.

Dejan Musli scored 11 of his team-high 13 points after the break as Serbia turned a 29-20 half-time lead into a 54-35 cushion heading into the final quarter.

The Serbian centre's basket with 7:43 left in the period - only his second field goal of the game - gave them their biggest lead up until that point, 33-22, and they kept adding to it the rest of the way.

Slovenia were the quickest out of the gates, going up 9-4 on Jure Besedic's three-pointer and finishing the first quarter in front, 14-13.

But Serbia's perimeter players found their range thereafter and Lazar Radosavljevic's three-pointer in the first minute of the second quarter gave them a 16-14 edge. That seemed to spur them on as they outscored Slovenia 13-6 going into the break.

Radosavljevic and Nemanja Jamaraz finished with 12 points each and Branislav Djekic added 10 points and nine rebounds.

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