Serbia beats Great Britain

SerbiaIt was do-or-die for both teams so Serbia would not let this one slip away and go home early. Steadily raising the lead the Serbs showed that they are the classier team and won 77-59. The Brits ended their participation showing that the deserved to be there.

Serbia took the lead from the early minutes of the game and went to the locker rooms being up by 10 (39-29). Great Britain made the first two baskets of the second half cutting Serbia's lead to just five points. The Serbs responded well however and closed the third quarter with a 14-point lead which they kept in the final period to clinch the last qualifying spot of the group.

Great Britain:  Hart 2, Achara 1, Lenzly 3, Mensah-Bonsu 16, Sullivan 4, George, Archibald 9, Freeland, Reinking 21 Clark, Boyd 2, Betts 1
Serbia: Popovic 3, Tepic 17, Teodosic 11, Paunic, Bjelica 5, Markovic 2, Tripkovic 7, Raduljica, Krstic 17, Perovic 7, Velickovic 7, Macvan 1

Game quotes

Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia Coach):

"Congratulations for Great Britain team, with them our group was very tough. This game required absolute concentration from my team; it was a key for the win. Other key were the rebounds and we did very well controlling it. I want also to congratulate my players and my staff; we qualified for second round and now have two days for rest and preparation."

Chris Finch (Great Britain Coach):

"Obviously Serbia was a better team, they were more experienced, with more determination. They were very physical and I think it bothered us. Tonight we didn't have answers. We can improve on many levels."

Milos Teodosic (Serbia Guard):

"It was a very important win and a tough game, we knew that with Great Britain we can't have any bad minutes. We are satisfied with advancing to second phase with two points, but we can't be too much happy about it."

Andrew Sullivan (Great Britain Forward):

"Both teams played hard and every player competed during this game. We tried to stay with the opponents, but weren't able in the end. We can't be happy with our results, but we leave with our heads high."