SerbiaSerbia easily defeted Ukraine (90:56) in the opening match of the Mechel cup in Moscow. Coach Dusan Ivkovic decided to rest Darko Milicic and Milos Vujanic, but the team played excellent without its most experienced players, especially in defence.

Branko Cvetkovic scored 16 points for Serbia, Erceg added 12, Tripkovic 11. Nenad Krstic collected 9 points and 8 rebounds, while Milos Teodosic had a good all-round game – 8 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds. Serbia will face Latvia on saturday and Russia on sunday.