Serbia and Montenegro Come Up Short In World University Games

19.08.2003

Serbia & Montenegro coach Miodrag Veskovic isn't going to hit the panic button ahead of the European Championships just because of a defeat in a friendly.

A University of Serbia & Montenegro team preparing for the World University Games in Korea hammered the national squad 109-80.

Veskovic's charges had been scheduled to play the Senegal national team but the game was cancelled and the senior women, desperate for a workout, played the university side and found themselves on the losing end of the result.

"This was our first game after hard preparations," Veskovic said.

"We've played without captain (Lara) Mandic and our legs were quite heavy.

"On the other side of the court there were our younger girls who are ready for tough challenges at University Games, so this defeat didn't disappoint me.

"On the contrary, because we practiced during the game some new tactics.

"I'm sure that we are on the right path to success at the European Championships."

Gordana Grubin and Daliborka Vilipic each scored 17 points in the defeat, while Gordana Bogojevic chipped in 15.

There is no doubt that Mandic was missed. She was the team’s leading scorer in qualifying, averaging better than 18 points a game in Group C as Serbia & Montenegro finished second in Group C behind Slovakia.

The "Blue Ladies" will participate in friendly tournament in Greece from August 25-27, where Australia, Hungary and the Greeks will also take part.

Veskovic says even the outcomes of those games will not be important, either.

"We won't be chasing good results in Patras, Greece," he said.

"We'll be there to shape our form and look for some mistakes we are making. Every single player will get her own chance, and we'll use as much solutions as it is possible," he said.


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