Bogdanovic, Serbia hold off Italy

2019-08-23T16:27:10+00:00 2019-08-23T16:33:28+00:00.

Stefan Djordjevic

23/Aug/19 16:27

Italy made a big comeback led by Gallinari but Serbia managed to hold them off and record another win

By Stefan Djordjevic/

Serbia kicked off the Aus Tiget Tournament in Shenyang with a 71-65 win over Italy. So far, Serbia has won all seven of its prep games for the World Cup while Italy has won four out of nine but lost the last four.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the way with 15 points while Stefan Jovic added 11 in addition to Nikola Milutinov’s ten points and seven rebounds.

For Italy, Belinelli banked game-high 18 points followed by Daniel Hackett’s 15 who shot 4-6 from deep. Danilo Gallinari and Luigi Datome played their first games after recovering from injuries and logged 11 and seven points respectively.

Serbia led 27-17 after ten minutes and was ahead 47-34 at halftime. They kept the control through the third quarter as well (59-48) but Italy made a 14-0 run led by Gallinari’s nine points and even took over the lead for a moment (65-64).  However, Serbia stayed calm and managed to turn it around for the win.

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