By Jared Grellet
|Ilija Dokovic looks sceptical but despite some difficulties Serbia were able to beat France|
Serbia have clung on in a low-scoring affair against France at the Dadu U16 European Championship Men, winning 56-53.
Trailing by two points at half-time, Serbia got their first break of the game in the third quarter when they held Tahar Assed-Liegeon's team to six points, allowing them to open up a five-point lead going into the final frame.
In the last quarter, Serbia looked like getting away from the French on more than one occasion, going up by seven points with under four minutes to play, but France refused to be shaken, keeping in touch up until the final buzzer.
Trailing by three points, France had the opportunity to tie the game on the last play of the game but Etienne Ory's shot went astray, allowing Serbia to hang on for the regulation-time victory.
Ilija Dokovic was the best all-round performer for Serbia with 10 points, five boards and five assists. Nikola Pavlovic added 15 points.
Ory was the only French player to crack double figures, finishing with 13 points.
Serbia complete their second round duties when they play Poland on Wednesday, whilst France look to halt a two-game losing streak when they play Germany.