|06 August 2010|
|Nikola Jankovic sparked his colours with 14 points|
Serbia recovered from their Day 1 loss and crushed Germany 78-49 in Group A of the U16 European Championship at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro on Friday evening.
Thanks to this win Serbia now share a 1-1 record with Italy, while Germany dropped to 0-2 and will finish last in the group regardless to their result tomorrow.
On the next day Serbia and Italy will fight for the second spot in the final standings, while Germany and Croatia will meet in a game that can't effect the ranking as Croatia won the group already and Germany will have to play the Classification Round.
Nikola Radicevic led Serbia with 21 points with five three pointers and right behind him was Nikola Jankovic with 14 points and five rebounds.
Paul Zipser was the best scorer of Germany with 14 and three blocks while Dominic Lockhart added nine points and nine rebounds.
After a close first quarter Serbia ignited their engines and started to rock and roll to win each of the following quarters by seven points or more.
Germany suffered from a bad shooting day from long distance as only two shots sank into the net in 15 attempts, yet protecting the ball was the major issue.
No less than 30 turnovers were committed by the German team and the Serbs weren't shy of exploiting them for easy points.
Radicevic connected twice from the perimeter to give Serbia a 17-11 lead in the first quarter, but Germany were still in sync and tied the score at 22-22 after 12 minutes.
Zipser managed to keep his team a few more minutes in the game, before Radicevic stepped up again and together with Jankovic combined seven points in a row in the last minute before the half and set a 37-26 gap at the break.
After scoring 19 points already in the first half Radicevic cleared the stage for his teammates and now it was Jankovic who scored the starting six points of the second half, to create a 19 point gap after 25 minutes.
Germany broke the drought with Lockhart but Serbia was already in another sphere, as Mladen Dordevic scored six in a row as well using the turnovers by the rivals and create a gap too big to handle.