|21 August 2012|
Serbia bounced back from the disappointment of their last-gasp loss to Montenegro as they cruised to a 93-71 victory over Slovak Republic on the road.
|Nenad Krstic has recovered from his injury and made his presence felt inside for Serbia at Levice|
Serbia were involved in the most dramatic finish of a game yet in the EuroBasket qualifiers when Nikola Ivanovic's half-court buzzer-beater lifted Montenegro to a 73-71 win at the weekend.
But there was no such trouble in Levice as Serbia bust the game open in the second quarter and cruised home.
The hosts fought hard and led much of the opening quarter, albeit narrowly, but Serbia made their class show in the second as the threes rained in.
Milos Teodosic's bomb broke a 28-28 tie and was the first of three big threes as Aleksandr Rasic and Ivan Paunic carried them into a nine-point lead.
Another big shot from Teodosic made it 50-35 with 2:39 left in the first half.
They kept them coming in the third period, with back-to-back threes from Danilo Andjusic and Teodosic stretching the advantage to 62-41.
When Milenko Tepic hit yet another three to end the third period, the lead was 79-52.
Dusan Ivkovic turned to his bench, allowing the Slovaks to chip away slightly at the lead in the fourth quarter, but the damage was done.
Teodosic led Serbia with 15 points, making 5-of-8 (62.5%) from three-point range, while Nenad Krstic had 14 points and Nemanja Bjelica 11. As a team, Serbia made 14-of-25 (56%) from three-point range.
Anton Gavel had 26 points for the Slovaks, while Martin Sykora added 12.