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2014 World Cup: Serbia beat France in close game and reach Final - Sep 12, 2014


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Milos
Teodosic
Serbia - France 90:85
Results by quarters: 21:15, 25:17, 15:14, 29:39

First quarter of second Semifinal of World Cup 2014 in Spain, Serbia was winning with 21:15.
Very fast and clean game from both teams. Serbia was better open the match with great roll of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) who played great in scoring and controlling the game and opponent defense.
First timeout and first foul was happened in eight minute of the game when Serbia is leading 18:10. After time out France scored 5 points and Serbia 3. First quarter was finished with 21:15 for Serbia in lead.
Best at the end of first quarter was definitively Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) who played perfectly and he scored 8 points with 2ast. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) was also great with 7 points. On French side Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 6 points (two times for three points).
Second quarter is again Cinderella story for Serbia. In this quarter they scored 25 points against 17 for France.
Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) continue to play magnificent as he open second quarter with his 5 points, at that time Serbia was leading with +11.
Alongside Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87), Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) joined him with great play with his 7 points in total.
In middle of second quarter Serbia make 9:0 series. France respond to Serbian series with 6:0 over Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket), Mickael Gelabale (215-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) who all scored by 2 points (30:21 for Serbia).
Djordjevic was called his first time out in the game. Series of France is terminated by Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) great layup with foul over him but he didn't scored extra free throw.
Kalinc was having great roll in second quarter as he scored 6 points and have 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Serbia played second part of second quarter great, they have big series when they make biggest lead in the game +16 (41:25).
Second quarter was over with 45:32 result.
Best in Serbia is Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) with 18p and 3 assists, he is followed by Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) with 7 points and 2 rebound, Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) with 9 points, 3 assists and 1 steal.
In French team Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) have 10 points and B. Diaw 7 with 6 rebounds.
Third quarter was also wined by Serbia with 15:14. Krstic played great third quarter. At the end of third period of the game of second Semifinal of World Cup 2014, Serbia was leading with 61:46.
Strong start of last quarter for France, they make 5:0 series after Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) hit nothing but the net for 3 and great dunk of Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) after Bogdan Bogdanovic loses the ball in Serbian attack.
Bjelica missed 3 points from 8 meters 8:40 to the end. Result was still 61:51 for Serbia.
Big pressure and support from tribunes who mostly cheer up for Serbia.
First points for Serbia in last quarter scored by Markovic on great assist from Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Interperformances). After almost 3 minutes Serbia was scored points.
As we expected France started playing really aggressive and strong in defense and confident in offense. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Nicolas Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored two times 3p and bring France close to Serbia, it was 63:57 then Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) scored circus shot for 65:57 when crowd go wild.
Nicolas Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) was on free throw line and he scored only one but they catch the ball and they scored 3 points by Evan Fournier (198-SG-92). It is 65:61. Open game after a long time. France was winning 15:4 in last quarter 5 minutes at the end of the game. Aleksandar Djordjevic was called the time out.
Bogdanovic scored 3 points for 68:61 but that was not near the over. After that France started playing insanly in offense with great percentage of shooting and end is becoming more and more dramatic.
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) played great in this game, shooting for all range and missing almost nothing. He was the key player of French return from -16 points to close game at the end of last quarter.
In last 3 minutes team was playing point-for-point. Bogdanovic was scoring some important points for Serbia but Nicolas Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88), Diaw and Heurtel was handling France in the game.
In 1:30 at the end Krstic was made a smooth layup with Bjelica assist but Hertel scored 3 points in next attack. It was 82:79 for Serbia.
Serbia was going on expiriance from Krstic so he scored 2 points for 84:79 only 44 seconds to the end. Serbia was making foul and Huertel is not missing from free throw line, 84:81 for Serbia, ball for Serbia but Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) is missing 2p and France was having last possession but Serbia decided to make foul and let Huertel shoot from free throw line again.
This time he scored only one and France was needed to make fast foul. Kalinic is secure from free throw line and after he scored two FT Serbia was leading +4.
France wanted to finish attack fast but Huertel missing jump shot, Bjelica was making his another defansive rebound and after that he got fouled.
He scored 2 FT and Serbia was leading 88:82 only 7.3 seconds to the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) took the ball and goes alone to shot the three points and he made it. France is only one possession away but not much time is left. 88:85 only 2.1 seconds, Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) was making foul on Simonovic and he was enough calm to score both free throws.
Serbia win this tough and very interesting game with 90:85.
They will face USA in the big Final on 14th September, while France will play against Lithuania for Bronze medal on 13th September.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) 24pts, 3ast, 3rbd, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92) 13pts, 4ast, Bjelica 10pts, 7rbd, 5ast, Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) 11pts, 3rbd, 5ast, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) 11pts, 4rbd, Nenad Krstic (212-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 3rbd
France: Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) 35pts, 2rbd, 3ast (8/12 for 3p), Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) 13pts, 10rbd, 5ast, Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) 12pts, 2rbd, 6ast   



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