San Antonio Spurs affiliate Erazem Lorbek and the Slovenian national team maybe out of their bid in 2012 London Olympics, but that doesn’t mean they would conclude the 2011 EuroBasket with their heads bow down.
Playing against Serbia for the 7th and 8th spots in the tournament, the Slovenians made sure they’d finish with grace.
Slovenia started the game strong, leading 27-20 after the first quarter and held a 44-39 advantage over Serbia at the half.
In the third quarter, the Slovenians poured it on, outscoring Serbia 20-12 in the period to stretch their lead to 13 points going into the fourth quarter.
However, Serbia made a furious rally in the final period holding Slovenia to just eight points in the quarter while scoring 17 points on their own end, but it came up short as Slovenia held on for a 72-68 victory, and finished the EuroBasket at 7th place.
Houston Rockets’ Goran Dragic led Slovenia with 21 points, while Lorbek finished with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes of action.
Kosta Perovic had 13 points and five rebounds for Serbia in a losing effort.