Serbia defeated Lithuania
The first game of the quarterfinals of the World Cup, Serbia faced Lithuania.
Serbia got a cruising 87-68 win over Lithuania in the first World Cup quarterfinal and punched their ticket to the tournament semifinals. Also broke the record of 5th place from the last time.
Lithuania won 5 games during the group match and defeated the U.S. in the last game.
It seemed the game was easier for Serbia without the NBA Joker Nikola Jokic. However, it was wrong, NBA Hawks Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 points in a single half. Lithuania had no power to fight back.
In the first half, Lithuania was 1 point ahead of Serbia. The first half ended 24-25.
Unfortunately, Lithuania didn’t play well in the second half, 0-for-7 from 3-point range plus frequent turnovers. The Serbia coach changed the position and caught up the points gradually.
Serbia came back on Lithuania with 25-13. With the help of 3 for 5 from 3-point by Stefan JOVIC, the points gap between the two teams came to 25 points, which also entered the garbage time.
In this game, the 56% from field goal percentage and the 41% from 3-point range of Serbia. Also, 10 out of 11 players scored in the game.
Lithuania used to have 46.4% from the 3-point range. But it was down to 32% today. This was also the main reason why Lithuania lost the game.