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Serbia began their journey in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 without any hiccups, securing a commanding 105-63 win against China in their first Group B match.

This victory extended Serbia’s perfect record to 2-0 against China, building on their previous 94-60 triumph during the Group Stage of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“For me it was very important to win this game,” Serbia coach Svetislav Pesic said. “And not just win the game but also look at special assignments we gave before the game. One on one defense.

“Other team tactics. All of this is important. We are a new team and we didn’t have enough time and that is the reason why we used this game to improve our tactics. But most important thing for me was the individual responsibilities, especially on defense.”

Watch the game highlights between Serbia and China in the First Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023: