Serbia Seek Quarter-Final Spot

22 June 2013

By Joe Hewison

Milica Dabovic (Serbia), Ana Dabovic (Serbia)
Will again be fighting and hustling for every lose ball: the Dabovic sistes Milica and Ana

Serbia's fate is still to be decided as they take on the already-qualified Czech Republic in their final second round game.

Last Time Out: The Czech Republic fought all the way but were unable to become the first team to beat France, eventually slipping to a 64-49 reverse. But Serbia enjoyed a fine win, their third in a row, with a 77-64 success over neighbours Croatia.

Key Match-Up: Lubor Blazek v Marina Maljkovic. Both coaches have tailored their approach to individual opponents with great results. Serbia slowed their game for Belarus but pushed the pace against Croatia while the Czech Republic used their long-range shooting to beat Great Britain after going inside against the Croats.

Key Stat: Ana Dabovic's 12.4 points-per-game will be sorely missed if the knee injury suffered in the win over Croatia is bad enough to keep her out of this game.

X-Factor: Motivation. The Serbian team spoke of their ‘special motivation' ahead of the meeting with Croatia and they will be a tough match for anyone if they can recreate that. The Czech Republic on the other hand are already through and it will be interesting to see how hard they push their starters after a taxing game against the hosts.

From The Camps:

Czech Republic Head Coach Lubor Blazek was pleased with the way his side fought France despite the result.

He said: "The most positive thing for me was that we kept fighting and we never gave up. We caused France the most trouble possible.

"All the things I wanted to learn and gain from this game I got so I am happy with my team. I am happy that we didn't give up. We could have saved some energy for the future games but we gave everything. "

After the win over Croatia, Serbia guard Milica Dabovic said: "We are not finished with this win. We need to win our next game and we need to wait and see how Great Britain play. I hope we are going to get through because we deserve that."


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