FIBA OQT

NBA players Marjanovic, Bjelica to lead Serbia vs Gilas Pilipinas

Delfin Dioquino
NBA players Marjanovic, Bjelica to lead Serbia vs Gilas Pilipinas

STAR. Miami Heat forward Nemanja Bjelica will feature for Serbia in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bjelica are expected to pose problems for Gilas Pilipinas as they both boast of vast experience in international play

Host Serbia will parade an intimidating lineup featuring a couple of NBA standouts as it locks horns with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Although without NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Atlanta Hawks, Serbia still has NBA players on board in the form of Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bjelica.

Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks and Bjelica of the Miami Heat are expected to pose problems for the all-cadet Filipino crew as they both boast of vast experience in international play.

Also featuring for the team is former Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, an accomplished international star who helped Serbia clinch the silver medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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Joining Teodosic in the backcourt is Vasilije Micic, the newly crowned EuroLeague MVP.

Filip Petrusev, Nikola Kalinic, Dragan Milosavljevic, Stefan Jovic, Dejan Davidovac, Aleksa Avramovic, Ognjen Dobric, and Danilo Andjusic complete the 12-man Serbia crew coached by Igor Kokoskov.

Serbia will tangle with the Philippines on Thursday, July 1, Manila time. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.