Serbian Basketball National Team conceivably defeated Puerto Rico ( 108:77) in the final game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in “ Belgrade Arena “ and secured participation on he Olympic Games in Rio. Our basketball players have achieved this success with their furious play in full Arena , in front of more than 17,000 spectators who awarded them with ovations.

Puerto Ricans had advantage after Vassallo’s three-point field goal, but players coached by Aleksandar Djordjevic fought back with furious series of 24:0, and the issue of the final winner and passenger for Rio was practically decided after seven minutes of the game. At the end of the first quarter the score was 37:11, and the difference continued to grow up to 36 points advantage.

Serbia played excellently. Defense, that has completely stopped the most dangerous Puerto Rican shooters Barea and Arroy, was again the driver of the extraordinary offense production. Our team has excellent 48% of scored three field points (25-12) , but the unbelievable 37 assistances show best the style of our team’s play. The offense in Djordjevic’s team – tendency for extra pass, unselfishness and collective spirit, that characterized our play during the tournament , culminated in the final and delighted the spectators , who sheered Serbia until conceivable victory.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jokic have, during whole tournament, been very effective. In the final they scored 26, that is 23 points, and Nikola Kalinic with 15 points followed them. The novice in senior national team Jokic was the tournament MVP. Young center has in 20 minutes, his average play per game, recorded 17,8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2,8 assistances.

The great celebration was joined by golden women’s basketball players of Serbia , who congratulated to their colleagues on the court, and our country will be one of the rare that will have both Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Teams at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Serbian national players will ,after several days off, on July 15, travel to Kopaonik , where they continue with their preparations for the Olympic Games in Brazil.

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