ISTANBUL – Serbia defeated Italy 83-67 on Wednesday to grab the last remaining berth in the semifinals of EuroBasket 2017.
The Italians jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening minutes, but Serbia rallied to take the first quarter 18-17 and dominate their opponents 26-16 in the second.
The Serbs outrebounded Italy 22-7 over the first 20 minutes of the game and tormented the Italians with smothering defense.
Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic led Serbia with 22 points, while Marco Belinelli contributed 18 for Italy in a losing effort.
Serbia will square off against Russia for a spot in the final, while Spain – the defending champions – are set to battle Slovenia in the other semifinal.