Serbia Ride Long Balls Into Semi-Finals

16 August 2013

U16 MEN

4. Stefan Peno (Serbia)
Stefan Peno came out guns blazing for Serbia, recording a game-high 23 points, only falling shy of a triple double by 2 rebounds and 1 assist

Serbia eased into the semi-finals of the U16 European Championship Men as they shot down Germany from beyond the arc.

Stefan Peno led Serbia with 23 points, eight rebounds and nine assists while Milos Glisic scored 12 and Slobodan Jovanovic 10.

Peno made five-of-seven from beyond the arc, helping Serbia register figures of 13-for-23 (56.5%) in the game.

But it was as much at the other end of the court that Serbia won this game as they held Germany to 16 of 54 (29.6%) from the field, the percentage only climbing above 25 once Serbia were in a clear lead.

Although Germany scored the opening points of the game through Leon Kratzer, Serbia replied with 10 straight powered by early threes from Peno and Jovanovic, and the tone had been very clearly set.

A 6-0 spurt made it 18-7 when Vanja Marinkovic banked in a jump-shot late in the first period, and Germany were never again within single figures.

The threes rained down in the second period as Aleksandr Aranitovic, Peno, Jovanovic and Milos Glisic combined to shoot five-of-six from long-range, and Serbia's lead duly ballooned to 44-24 at half-time.

Germany gave it all they could in the third quarter but Serbia were pulling away again down the stretch, with back-to-back threes from Marinkovic pushing the lead past 20 midway through the final period before further long balls from Peno and Aranitovic made it 76-48 with a minute left to play.

Georg Beyschlag was the only German to register in double figures with 12 points.

Victory for Serbia sets up a semi-final meeting with Greece, the lone unbeaten team left in the tournament.

 


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