In front of around 10.000 spectators, including many foreign fans, the team of coach Aleksandar Đorđević was able to easily defeat China, as part of the Belgrade Trophy friendly tournament.
The Serbian players have entered the match fully equipped to take on any opponent, which they have proved, with their strong play and some truly beautiful moves. Without a doubt, captain Miloš Teodosić is back. The player that is beyond able to make any team mate shine, has proven why he is considered one of the best in the world. Euroleague’s MVP, Nemanja Bjelica also had a very good game, undoubtedly worthy of his title.
A pleasant surprise was the young Nemanja Dangubić. The tall guard used this game to show off his progress in the past season, improving his chances to represent Serbia at the upcoming Eurobasket. His dunk was one of the best moves of the night.
As the match progressed, the opponent was becoming increasingly physical, injuring Miroslav Raduljica, and Nemanja Dangubić. Both in the facial region. Luckily, both of the contact injuries are minor.
Coach Đorđević has taken the chance to positively comment on his players, and show understanding and respect towards the rival. At one point, it seemed to me that they weren’t left with anything else, except enter into physical contact. It is a matter of competitors pride. (…)
My philosophy is for the players to always play as strong as they can, because that represents a due respect to the national jersey. It shows that we’re on the right path, the boys are focused. I take no objections.
He has also invited everyone to the Belgrade Arena, in order to support the National Team, tomorrow night. We will pay it back, by our sacrifice on court. The match between Serbia and Russia starts at 20:30 CET.