|Aleksandra Crvendakic was again the centre-force behind Serbia, picking up a triple-double including 10 assists - no mean feat for a center|
In a contest to determine pole position in Group C at the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar, it was Serbia who prevailed 58-44 against Sweden thanks to a sparkling triple-double effort from Aleksandra Crvendakic.
She finished the contest with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead her team to victory - although it was an impressive team performance from the unbeaten Serbians, who showed they may have the potential to challenge for the podium once again after bronze last year.
Neither team found any rhythm whatsoever in the opening 10 minutes and especially Sweden who only scored twice, but to their relief, Serbia did not break double-figures either.
Sweden eventually arose from their offensive slumber in the second quarter and poured in 21 points which helped level scores heading to the locker room at 25 apiece.
On the front foot, Emma Eriksson dropped a three-ball immediately after the restart but it was to be Serbia who would spur into life.
They came up with a 16-2 run to assume control, quick-fire threes by Sanja Mandic and Ines Corda breaking the game open late in the third quarter.
With a newfound cushion behind them, Serbia managed to resist a brief Swedish rally during the last period and pulled away further in the closing minutes.
Dragana Satankovic added 13 points, six rebounds and an excellent four blocked shots.