MANILA, Philippines – Powered by Bogdan Bogdanovich’s sizzling offensive show, Serbia knocked Lithuania out of contention, 87-68, to officially land as the first team within the 2023 FIBA World Cup Semifinals round on Tuesday, Sept. 5, within the Mall of Asia Arena.
Bogdanovic sank a last-second trey to hand Serbia a double-digit edge heading to halftime, 49-38.
After a needed rest in the locker room, Lietuva came out with extreme urgency by casting a 9-2 run with 7:55 in the third quarter as Rokas Jokubaitis nailed a layup, 52-47.
But that eventually served as the last significant stand of the Green Death. The Eagles went on to blast a 19-5 avalanche to cap off the third quarter as Aleksa Avramovic’s scoop shot puts Serbia with a commanding 73-55 card.
From there, Lithuania wasn’t able to recover itself. The mighty Serbian squad rallied to post as much as a 23-point margin in the final frame to officially confirm their entry to the World Cup Semis in a dominant display.
Serbia will wait on who will come out between Italy and the United States later to determine their next opponent at the Final Four round.