On Thursday in an almost full hall in Ljubljana Serbia took the lead early. Suns Bogdan Bogdanovic did not start the game, but came in with a few minutes left in the first quarter. Slovenia played catchup for most of the game, managing to tie it at 47 with 2.20 left on the clock in the 3rd. The happiness was short-lived since Serbia outscored Slovenia 9:2 in those last 2 minutes putting the score at 56:49 at the start of the 4th. Slovenia never recovered and in the end lost the game 70:79.
On Saturday the first half and most of the 3rd quarter was the exact opposite of Thursday with Serbia playing catchup all the way. Slovenia came to play and fight, probably still upset from the home loss and Serbia looked like they were just going through the motions entering halftime trailing 31:38. Someone probably mentioned that at halftime and they took the lead with 37 seconds left in the 3rd and it took 8 minutes of the 4th for Slovenia to tie at 82 and then take the lead on the next possession. Of course Serbia managed to tie again and we went into overtime. At that point the transmission went dead because obviously no one was prepared for such an unimportant game to continue past regulation (sigh). Slovenia was outscored 4:11 and Serbia came out victorious with the final score being 95:88. I'm gonna go ahead and point out that Serbia took 51 free throws compared to Slovenia's 30. They're not that good on offence and we're not that bad on defence.
Anyway, Bogdan played just over 19 minutes in the first game and 12 minutes in the second, not having much impact in either game. Seeing him live makes you realise how big he is, he's more buff than Zoran Dragić, who's spent more than a year getting stronger for the NBA (sad lol). Another thing that stuck out to me was his unselfishness and court vision. He got stuck in the air with the ball and managed to pass it on no problem, he delivered a nice up court pass that probably ended in another and1 and then there was this:
Eurobaske2015 starts on September 5th. Here's the schedule for Serbia's first round: