| Aleksandar Aranitovic opened his account in Latvia with an efficient all-round display|
Serbia sent a clear message to the competition with a resounding 79-55 victory over Finland in their opening Group A game at the U16 European Championship in Ogre, Latvia on Wednesday.
Turning Point: After being pegged back in the first period Serbia made a great start to the second, Borisa Simanic showing his skills inside and out with seven straight points to spark a game-changing 18-0 sequence.
Game Hero: Aleksandar Aranitovic was active all over the floor. Serbia's enthusiasm on the defensive end caused Finland problems throughout and Aranitovic typified this, as well as contributing on offence too, finishing with 10 points, four assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Stats Don't Lie: For all the balance and poise they showed in creating good shots, 30 of Serbia's points came from easy fast-breaks as they punished Finland's mistakes mercilessly, providing the platform for victory.
The Bottom Line: Serbia looked strong all over the floor possessing power and size inside to go with shooters who can stroke from the outside, although perhaps most pleasing to coach Vladimir Djokic will have been their work ethic on defence. For Finland, this was always going to be a tough start to life back in Division A but there are positives that can be taken away as they look to tighten up.