I am not sure how many of you are following our U16's, but today we lost the final group game to our great rivals, Croatia 69-63. However, we finished 2nd in the group with a 4-1 record. We were battling the Croats for 1st place in the group. This is the generation with Stefan Peno.
Now we move onto the quarterfinal to face Germany. We will face the winner of France-Greece if we can win.
SRBIJA: Peno 23, Ćirković, Marinković 9, Glišić 12, Rakićević, Stojanović 4, Jovanović 10, Simanić, Aničić 3, Kenić, Aranitović 9, Miladinović 6.
While Greece were edging out France 42-38 in a defensive dogfight in their quarter-final, Serbia cruised into the last four with a 76-50 demolition of Germany as the three-pointers rained down.
Stefan Peno was at the heart of everything Serbia did, making five-of-seven
Leading the way for Serbia from th point, but also able to take over in scoring: Stefan Peno shots from long range and amassing 23 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out nine assists.
Greece must find a way to contain him if they are to prosper, but defence has been one of their strengths so far.
Four times in this tournament they have held teams to less than 50 points, shutting down some high-power offences as Spain, Turkey and France all struggled.
Protecting their perimeter and getting the ball inside to their big men should be Greece's ticket to the final, but Serbia will come into the game full of confidence after their quarter-final.
The 26-point win was by far the most lop-sided of the four quarter-finals as Germany fell behind early and went downhill from there.
It was an explosive display, but whether their 13-of-23 shooting from three-point range was a one-off or a sign of things to come remains to be seen.
The answer could determine who gets a shot at gold.
Peno putting on a show. :thumbsup:
Spain-Italy and Serbia-Greece the semi's. Greeks undefeated so far.