Serbia Top Spain

05.08.2008

Serbia beat Spain 80-71 in a match that delivered great intensity and a high level of play  as expected in the second game of Group F on Tuesday.

Serbia jumped to a 2-1 record as Spain will try to even their record tomorrow after dropping to 1-2.

Miroslav Raduljica led the winning side with 22 points and 13 rebounds, including 14 points from the line. Milan Macvan and Marko Keselj had 16 points each with Macvan adding eight rebounds and four steals.

Xavier Rabaseda scored 26 points for Spain followed by 17 and two blocks by Victor Claver.

"We expected Spain to give us a big fight because they have a great line-up," commented Serbian's Head Coach Slobodan Klipa.

"Our big men did a great job, and that made the difference today."

Serbia finished the first quarter up 22-19, but found out soon enough Spain is here to put up a fight.

Claver and Joaquin Colom stepped up in the second quarter to turn the bowl over and set the half time score on 39-37 for Spain, as the intensity of the game rose to higher levels.

Rabaseda started a great second half show with big plays. He slashed to the rim and cut the Serb defense time after time but the front line on the other side - Macvan and Raduljica - found an answer again and again.

The lead changed hands as both teams were looking for a momentum, and Serbia found it first.

A great alley-hoop pass by Macvan found Keselj on the rim, despite it was just a three point gap, 67-64 with five minutes to go, Spain never came back from there.

An unsportsmanlike foul on Spain gave the Serbs a chance to take off, and when the teams entered the last two minutes of the game Serbia was up 73-65, and even a Spanish timeout didn't make a difference.

Serbia will face a very interesting match up with Montenegro tomorrow. The Spanish side will take on France.


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