Serbia ends their Eurobasket preparations on a high. With another win against Slovenia, this time by 95-88, after overtime, and various intervals in which the victory could have gone both ways.
Banjaluka’s Borik hall was over capacity, as the crowd was ecstatic to finally be able to see the Serbian National Team live. Almost five thousand spectators sang the National anthem, as one.
Another strong game insued, as Slovenia tightened their defence, lead by the very capable Alen Omić, while Jaka Blažič was the squad’s MVP with 19 points scored. Serbia fought back with the speed of Miloš Teodosić, with 20 points, and Nemanja Bjelica (18 points and 13 rebounds), who is becoming the absolute ace of the team.
Serbia didn’t want to dissappoint, as coach Aleksandar Đorđević’s players were aware of how important this victory would be for all of Republika Srpska. And so it was. The moment the final whistle was heard, torches were light up, as the crowd sang for its heroes. The last “Good luck!” before the Eurobasket.
Tonight was also the final game of this preparation cycle for two more players, as coach Đorđević is to announce the full roster, as well as the names of the last two members that won’t be joining the squad at the upcoming European Championship. Now all that is left, are the standard training sessions, and the trip towards what everyone hopes to be the next Euopean crown.