|Borisa Simanic took advantage of the absentees in the Bosnia and Herzegovina lineup|
Serbia swept aside Bosnia and Herzegovina for a comfortable 89-52 victory in Ogre on Monday to continue their perfect U16 European Championship campaign.
Turning Point: Serbia were on top from the tip, taking advantage of a tentative start from Bosnia and Herzegovina to race into a 12-0 lead. It was an advantage they never looked like relinquishing but when Lazar Nikolic beat the half-time buzzer with a deep three-pointer it was evident it was not going to be Bosnia and Herzegovina's day.
Game Hero: In fairness, part of the reason for Bosnia and Herzegovina's struggles were injuries to key players such as center Njegos Sikiras, who did not suit up. Serbia's Borisa Simanic was the chief beneficiary of Sikiras' absence, finding space in the post to score at will as he finished with 16 points, as well as six rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: Bosnia and Herzegovina's problems in protecting the painted area without their starting center were illustrated by the fact that this is where 34 of Serbia's 50 first-half points came from. There was simply no answer for Serbia's superior size and strength. This was a key factor on the other side of the ball too.
The Bottom Line: Serbia's stroll to the quarter-finals continues but they will no doubt face a tougher test when they meet the hosts on Tuesday in their final Second Round game. Next up for Bosnia and Herzegovina it is Lithuania, in what could turn out to be the decisive game for both teams.