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Serbia mauls Lithuania at start of FIBA WC final phase

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Serbia caught Lithuania at a struggling time to hack out an 87-68 blowout win at the start of the FIBA World Cup final phase on Tuesday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

After a tight first quarter that even saw Lithuania take a 25-24 lead, Serbia ripped Lithuania in the second quarter to spark the breakaway, outscoring them, 25-13, for a 49-38 halftime lead.

Serbia's domination continued in the second half en route to the rout.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led Serbia, which will face the winner of the Wednesday night clash between Canada and Slovenia in the semifinals on Friday night, with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Filip Petrusev added 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Tadas Sedekerskis led Lithuania, which was relegated to the classification games for fifth-eighth places, with 14 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.

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