Sun. Sep 24th, 2023

Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Bogdan Bogdanovic rediscovered his taking pictures contact when it mattered most on Sunday.

After taking pictures 1-of-13 from the three-point line of their powerful 78-76 loss to Italy on Friday, Bogdanovic made all of his seven photographs en path to a 20-point effort in simply three quarters to propel Serbia previous the Dominican Republic, 112-79, and into the Fiba World Cup quarterfinals.

“I mentioned after that night time towards Italy, that it isn’t potential [for me] to shoot 1-of-13 once more from three,” the Atlanta Hawks advised reporters.

The Serbian skipper mentioned he couldn’t cease excited about his nightmarish taking pictures towards Italy the place he shot 4-of-16 from the sphere total. He nonetheless completed with 18 factors, half of which got here on the free throw line.

“I suppose my fortunate quantity is seven. Seven in entrance and 7 on the again. I’m simply joking. I’m simply having fun with the victory,” he mentioned.

Bogdanovic additionally shared the highlight together with his teammates for executing the sport plan in containing Dominican star Karl-Anthony Cities.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star put up 25 factors and 7 rebounds however accounted for seven of the Dominicans’ 21 turnovers.

Serbia celebrates after beating Dominican Republic to advance to the Fiba World Cup quarterfinals. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

“We all know how nice they’re. How critical they got here to this event resembling Italy. Of their group, they had been profitable all of the video games. In order that they’re a critical contender with Karl-Anthony Cities. For positive, he makes the workforce means higher. Troublesome to protect,” Bogdanovic mentioned. “However I like that Nikola Jovic tonight didn’t rating however from the second of the start of the sport, he took the problem and he began to protect him one-on-one, combat. Then [Dejan] Davidovac joined within the sport and helped the workforce contribute to a win.”

Bogdanovic preferred how his workforce responded following the powerful loss to Italy. However Serbia can not afford to have one other unhealthy sport within the knockout stage.

Serbia battles unbeaten Lithuania, which upset Workforce USA on Sunday night time, within the quarterfinals starting Tuesday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

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