Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia suffered their first loss of EuroBasket 2017 on Tuesday, falling to defending European champions Spain, 79-73. Bogdanovic finished with 15 points, three rebounds, and one assist, going 6-for-16 from the field and 3-for-9 from 3-point range.
The final score was 76-72 and while Croatia never lost the lead, Montenegro almost stole the game at the final minute. Bojan Bogdanovic continues his streak and he is by far the most effective offensive weapon of Croatia. He proved it with 23 points and four out of seven threes. 12 points by Nikola Vucevic.
Brian Seltzer: Well-rounded showing by Dario Saric in Croatia’s 74-58 win over Romania. 11 p (3-11), 10 r, 2 a, 1 s, 1 b. Most telling #? Game-high +22.
With Pippen and Jordan taking turns guarding him, Kukoc didn’t score his first points until the end of the 1st half. By the time the final whistle blew, Kukoc’s line in the box score showed four points on 2-11 shooting with seven turnovers and zero trips to the free throw line. Said the Croatian star afterwards: “I’ve never seen that kind of defense before.” Jordan finished with eight steals, tying his U.S. Olympic record set just 24 hours previously against Angola while Pippen had five steals of his own. Their 13 combined steals were more than they ever had in 691 games as teammates with the Bulls.
Damjan Rudez is eager to return to the Croatia squad and help the national team build on the positive momentum that started last summer during its successful FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) campaign in Turin.