FIBA World Cup 2019: 3 Talking Points from Philippines vs Serbia
- Serbia showed no mercy against underdog Philippines as the won the contest 126-67.
#2 Serbia is just too big, too quick, and too good from the perimeter
The basketball powerhouse has an average height of 6'9, making them the tallest roster in the tournament. They scored 70 points from the paint compared to Philippines' 38 points. Their height also did not sacrifice any speed or shooting. The Serbians were able to guard multiple positions, with their bigs defending the Filipino guards well and their guards holding their own against other bigs.
Their transition offense also seemed like a blur, with the turnovers of Gilas Pilipinas resulting in 20 fastbreak points. The Serbians shot 65% from beyond the arc while shooting 65.7% from two-point range. They currently lead all countries in field goal percentage at 70.6%. The second-best shooting team? Australia at 56.7%.
It was clear in the Serbia vs. Philippines game that on top of Serbia's great individual talents and overall deep roster, their team chemistry was also off the charts. They constantly moved the ball and recorded a tournament-high 37 assists.
This should come as no surprise, as they have one of the best basketball programs in the world. They have an elite coaching and training staff who know how to maximize the talents on their roster. Their basketball camp started months before the competition, with an initial 34-man pool training for this World Cup.
Published 04 Sep 2019, 12:44 IST