Serbia Strike Back With Win Over Hosts

01.08.2011

U16 Men Group E

by Dan Casey

5. Nikola Rebic (Serbia)
Nikola Rebic was huge for the Serbs with 21 points to go with his 4 assists

Serbia handed hosts Czech Republic their first defeat of the competition and grabbed a crucial win in Qualifying Round Group E.

The Serbian team used a strong first quarter to establish an advantage, and the Czech Republic were never able to get closer than 5 points.

Serbia ended the game with 50% shooting to just 36% from their opponents, and the Czech Republic could not recover from this difference.

Nikola Rebic led the Serbian team with 21 points.

Dusan Ristic scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Brano Djukanovic also added 14 points.

The Czech team had another double-double from Martin Peterka (20 points, 17 rebounds), and Radovan Kouril registered 20 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

Trailing 30-18 after the first quarter, the Czech team rallied with an 8-2 run to close the half, Jiri Soula's shot making the score 44-36 to Serbia.

When Peterka then opened the second half with a three-pointer, the lead was down to five points and the Czech fans were dreaming of a comeback victory.

But Djukanovic hit a three-pointer late in the third period to push the lead back to 12, and another Djukanovic three put the lead up to 16 with 6:53 remaining.

 


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