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Slovenia drops Belgrade Final to Serbia while Dragic fouls out

Christof Koepsel

There were some questions in the air before the game. Is Serbia in top form already and will overrun Slovenia as Ukraine yesterday? Will they be also more motivated because Slovenia beat them a few weeks earlier? Can Slovenia repair its offense, especially distance shots, and can repeat the same, tight defense?

I will not build up suspense because game was over already in 3rd quarter. It was 91:66 for Serbia.

It seems that questions are really not a questions but they were legitimate fear. Slovenia was overrun, defense was absent and distance shots were domain of only two players. Now, here is another question, I hope not another fear, is this the evidence of real, final strength of this teams? Commentators (Slovenian) said absolutely not.

What about Goran Dragic? I cannot say much because he played only 14:38 minutes and that was mainly in first half. He made 9 points, 2:2 FT, 2:4 2PT, 1:1 3PT, 1 REB, 3 AST, 5 TOV. He was fouled out in 29th minute. The last call from referees was laughable and that how Goran left the court.

Fouls were big problem for Slovene team because our defensive anchor, center Mirza Begić, got second foul very quickly and he had to go to the bench. He came back in 3rd, but when Goran had to leave the game, everything was over, it was too late. I remember this year final in Euroleague, where Begić played for Real Madrid and had 4 blocks in first quarter: Olympiacos literally couldn’t get to the hoop, it was locked. But Begić got a few fouls quickly, left the game, and Olympiacos at the end won.

Serbs played at home, in front of big crowd, and with referees help. They have a few good players, (I'm amazed by Nemanja Bjelica, who has potential to be a MVP of championship). But championship will be played in Slovenia.

Here you can see some "lethargic" highlights:

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