“No Refs today? Bravo”: Serbia defeats Canada to reach FIBA World Cup final, delighting Slovenian supporters

With their 95-86 victory over Canada in Manila, Serbia advanced to the FIBA World Cup final for the second time in their history. In 2014, Serbia competed in the World Cup final and lost to the United States by a lopsided score of 129-92.

They are back in the running for the championship, and if the United States can get past Germany in the second semi-final, they will meet the Americans in the final.

Serbia beats Canada to to reach FIBA World Cup final

In their key win the Atlanta Hawks forward Bogdan Bogdanovic, playing for Serbia, scored 23 pts to extend his scoring streak of at least 15 pts in consecutive games to six. Nikola Milutinovic scored 16 pts and grabbed 10 rebs to help the team.

The team’s captain, Bogdan Bogdanovic, shared his team’s pleasure with the win, praising Canada’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander but also admitted the difficulty of the upcoming final. He stressed that the team is now focused on final preparations and that calculations are irrelevant at this point.

For Canada, playing in their first FIBA World Cup semi-final, the 13-point deficit they faced at halftime was too much to overcome. Canada was led by RJ Barrett’s 23 points, followed by 15 from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 9 from Dillon Brooks, and 16 from RJ Barrett. Canada’s head coach Jordi Fernandez acknowledged his team’s defensive shortcomings but remained optimistic that they would fight for a bronze medal. Serbia was the better team and ended up winning the game by a large margin, thanks to their superior shooting percentages.

Serbia were already without two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic when the tournament began, and then Borisa Simanic was injured. After suffering a freak accident during the game against South Sudan in group play, Simanic had to have his kidney removed.

Slovenian supporters claims Canada lost due to officials weren’t helpful this game

In the first semi-final of the FIBA World Cup, Serbia defeated Canada 95-86 to advance to the championship game. Canada’s dreams of finishing in the top two and earning a championship berth were dashed when Serbia established an early lead and never relinquished it.

It was their first participation in the FIBA World Cup Final since 2014, and the victory was met with euphoric celebration among the country’s fans.

The Slovenian fans took to twitter to criticize the referees as they claimed that referee’s poor decisions cost them the game against Canada. They also jokingly claimed Canada’s loss to be poor officiating, with the implication that the referees did not help out enough. They took to twitter to say: “No Refs today? Bravo Srbia”

Another wrote, “Yeah should be filled with money you payed them after the Slovenia game”

“No boxing today from Dillon?”

“Check the refs bank accounts”, wrote another user.

Slovenia fans clearly were still disappointed as they could not reach the semi finals. But Canada’s fans were happy with their teams performance as they tried their best. Let us know in the comments below, who you think will win the FIBA World Cup?

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is an NBA writer at SportsKnot. His foray into basketball scriptwriting started in 2020, when he was enthralled by the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship victory. His previous experience was limited to dribbling and dunking as a neighborhood kid. His insightful writings show how much he loves the sport. His writing goes beyond numbers and scores, giving readers a unique viewpoint on the players, teams, and events that define the basketball scene. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer, Sami's work is essential for anybody trying to expand their knowledge and love of the NBA.


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