Tonight in the full sport hall “ Aleksandar Nikolic”, in front of 5700 spectators, the Men’s basketball national team of Serbia has defeated the national team of Estonia within the second match of the second round of the European qualifiers for 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Chine with score 91:65 (22:16, 23:13, 29:11, 17:25).

In the introductory minutes the game was pretty equal, and in the 7th minute after Bjelica’s slam dunk the score was 13:12 for our team. After Milosavljevic’s point two minutes later the score was 18:14, and the first quarter ended 22:16.

Serbia increased the rhythm at the beginning of the second quarter, and in the 14th minute after Simonov’s three-points the score was 30:20. Good defense provided higher advantage, “plus” increased – 34:22 in the16th minute. Aleksandar Djordjevic’s players reached the highest advantage in the 19th minute – 45:29, which remained the same at the end of the first half.

Our national team started the second half with a 14:3 series for 59:32, and after Lucic’s three points in 28th minute it was “ plus 31” – 66:35. Nedovic, Simovic, Jelovac and others continued to mill the rival, and in the finish of the third quarter the highest 74:38 was reached.

The last quarter started in the same rhythm and Serbian national team maintained big advantage of over 30 points. Estonian players tried to alleviate the defeat from the three-point line and managed to some degree, but in the end the score was more than convincing 91:65.

Serbian Head Coach Aleksandar Djordjevic:

– Important game, serious approach, obviously reaction after the game lost in Greece… We have had good defense activity, concentration during the most part of the game and there we sought the solution for the victory. This victory is very important, even though the rival, with due respect, is not a big name, but every victory is important… The other games are very important, we do not have to hide that the scores are in our favor, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and our game. The national team of Serbia has never been given anything as a present, we have earned everything on our own and I am sure that we will have to continue like that.

Nevertheless, the head coach Djordjevic is worried about injuries

– Dejan Todorovic is inured , I have spoken to him today .We have agreed that he will skip this game, he has changed the club, but he shall also prepare for next two games, as it has been in previous “windows”. I am very sorry for Macvan, we are in everyday contact. We also have Bircevic’s injury, and we will see about it…. I have spoken to the players and I am sure that KSS will thank to the clubs for releasing the players, but we will do our best and invite some Euroleague clubs , with the hope that they will hear us, to release players so that they can play at least one of the next two games. The first one in Israel is very important, as well as the second one in Greece. Three teams are fighting for the third place, Georgia, Israel and we.

About Bogdanovic….
– Bogdan is going to medical checkup tomorrow, he has experienced some problems with the knee he has operated….

Full statistics available at:
http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019/european-qualifiers/game/1609/Serbia-Estonia#│tab=boxscore

Group L table available at:
http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/European-qualifiers/groups