Serbian basketball players started the qualifications for the 2023 World Cup with a victory, as tonight in Belgrade they were better than Latvia with 101: 100 (28:33, 24:23, 25:19, 24:25). Serbia is until the first victory in Group A. Milos Teodosic led with 21 points, Aleksa Avramovic scored 17, Marko Jagodic-Kuridza scored a point less, while Alen Smailagic finished the game with 15 points.

The best in the Latvian team was Richards Lomaž with 33 points, while Dairis Bertans and Andrejs Gražulis scored 17 points each.

During the greater part of the match, Latvia had the advantage, the Serbian basketball players were returning, but the guests repulsed every rush of the selected player Svetislav Pešić with threes.

The guests opened the last section with eight tied points and escaped to plus seven (77:83), but Serbia managed to equalize 96:96 a minute and a half before the end. In the uncertain end, Serbia did better, and the decisive point was scored by Jagodić-Kuridža from the free throw line 2.8 seconds before the end.

Before the start of the match, the players of Serbia provided support to the AEK basketball player Stevan Jelovac, who recently suffered a stroke. The banner they held read: “Stevan wins, we are with you”.

Also, the Basketball Association of Serbia joined the action “Stop violence against women”, so the players of both teams came out to warm up in “Stop violence against women” T-shirts.

Serbia will play the next World Cup qualifier in three days, when it will play against Belgium, which beat Slovakia today.

By Editor

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