Serbia is U19 World Champ after kicking US team’s asses
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 23, 2007
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Serbia is new Under 19 basketball world champ, having defeated US team in the final game of the World Championship played in Novi Sad (Serbia).
Serbian guys won the final 74-69, with Mladen Jeremic scoring 24 points and Milan Macvan 19 (+ 10 rebounds).
For the US team the best scorer was Deon Thompson with 16 while Patrick Beverley had 15 points + 8 rebounds.
Milan Macvan was named MVP of the championship.
Take a look at the roster of the new champs: there is also a 2.21 m (7’4) 19 y/o center…
This might be no big news for many of you guys but I hope that real knowledgeable hoops fans care: it basically means that a new generation of serbian players is going to come soon and hopefully some of these guys make it to the NBA. So you better start to get used to their names quickly (Billy King please take note !).
Last time it happened, it was 1987, but it was Jugoslavija (still one country, with Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia etc united). That 1987 team, who won the gold medal in the Under 19 World Championship played in Bormio (Italy), included guys such as Toni Kukoc, Vlade Divac, Dino Radja etc etc
In a famous game vs US junior team, my boy Kukoc scored 37 points going 11/12 from 3 pt land (it’s not a typo, eleven-out-of-twelve three pointers…).
I hope that Sixers take a serbian player soon and/or that in the next drafts we can pick someone better than notorius (bosnian) bust Edin Bavcic…
Serbian B 92 site has a nice coverage of the event, if you can read serbian you will find many news starting from here.
Napred Srbija !!!
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