Serbia U16, mostly due to the fantastic party of Marko Pecarski, qualified for the second phase of the European Championship for players under 16 years of age which is being held in Kaunas (Lithuania) as they defeated Italy with 79:77 (21:19, 18:24, 23:19, 17:15). To pass Serbia still needed a victory of Finland against Bosnia and Herzegovina, which the Finns did with 82:78.
The best team in Serbia was Marko Pecarski with 25 points (4/4 threes) and 14 rebounds (7 offensive) in just 24 minutes. He excelled particularly in the finish of the game, at 2:30 and end plus 7 for the Italians, hit three triples in the next 60 seconds. What was it like, you can see here. Also excellent was Aleksa Matic with 14 points.
Serbia started the match well and due to the Matic points came to plus 6. The Italians then slowly took over the game and by halftime the lead with a plus 4, 39:43. In the finish of the third quarter of Serbia reaches 59:50, but was followed by a large drop in the game and the series of Italians 21:4, where the Serbian cadets for 6 minutes and half scored only one point. This was followed by an amazing finish directed by Pecarski and Serbia deservedly reached the victory.
Serbia will in the second phase of the European Championship for players under 16 years of age to play with France (10.8), Croatian (11.8) and Montenegro (12.8).