Serbia continues early FIBA WC domination, rips Puerto Rico

Ognjen Dobric scores a dunk. FIBA
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Serbia continued to exert its might early into the FIBA World Cup, dealing Puerto Rico a 94-77 beating on Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Serbia dominated the game in the first half, taking a 57-27 lead against Puerto Rico's sloppy offense.

Puerto Rico somehow made things interesting in the second half, outscoring Serbia, 31-18, in the third quarter to cut the lead down to 17, 75-58, entering the fourth.

Puerto Rico even came to within 10, 71-81, midway through the fourth period, but a 13-2 Serbia run put an end to Puerto Rico's upset bid.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jovic led Serbia, which nears a sweep of Group B play, with 17 points each.

Isaiah Pineiro led Puerto Rico, which fell to 1-1, with 14 points, one assist, and one steal.

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