Road to EuroBasket 2017 - Friendly, Serbia win Supercup 2017 in Hamburg
Entering the final stage of preparations for FIBA EuroBasket 2017, the injury-depleted Serbia side still showed their muscles in a friendly four-team tournament in Hamburg to snatch up the Supercup 2017 title.
The Aleksandar Djordjevic-coached team made easy work of Poland and Russia before registering a one-sided 87-56 victory over tournament hosts Germany on Sunday evening to seal the deal.
Stefan Bircevic and Vladimir Stimac were the surprise top-scorers for the Serbs with 21 and 20 points respectively for the winners, with fellow big men Milan Macvan and Ognjen Kuzmic also doing some heavy lifting, cracking double figures in points.
On the other side of the barricades, Atlanta Hawks star Dennis Schroder ran the show with 16 points on solid 6-of-10 shooting and 6 assists, but was slightly out of control with 6 turnovers.
"We played a good tournament, winning three games in three days in a rhythm that also awaits us at EuroBasket. This means a lot for us, as got better every day," spoke coach Djordjevic after the last challenge against Germany.
"We had little time to recover from yesterday's game against Russia, so we decided to rest some players who needed a break. Players, who played less in the previous days, did well today and it is a positive indicator."