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HIGHLIGHTS: Canada vs Serbia – FIBA World Cup 2023 semifinals

Delfin Dioquino

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HIGHLIGHTS: Canada vs Serbia – FIBA World Cup 2023 semifinals


Canada and Serbia dispute a prized spot in the FIBA World Cup championship game as they lock horns in a sudden-death semifinal

Serbia claimed the first championship berth after tripping the star-studded Canada squad, 95-86, in the FIBA World Cup knockout semifinal match. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped 23 points to power the Serbians, who only have two NBA players in their roster – the fewest among all semifinalists.

Ognjen Dobric added 16 points, while Nikola Milutinov posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards.

Serbia will fight for the crown against the winner of the other semis showdown between USA and Germany.

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Fourth quarter
  • SERBIA 95-86: Another Zach Edey bucket
  • SERBIA 95-84: Zach Edey hook shoot, and-one
  • SERBIA 95-81: RJ Barrett driving layup
  • SERBIA 95-79: Dejan Davidovic layup, followed by a Bogdan Bogdanovic bucket off a steal
  • SERBIA 91-76: Bogdan Bogdanovic cold-blooded corner three
  • SERBIA 88-76: Bogdan Bogdanovic eurostep layup
  • SERBIA 86-76: RJ Barrett scores 2 from the line
  • SERBIA 86-74: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 1/2 free throws
  • SERBIA 86-73: RJ Barrett layup
  • SERBIA 86-71: Nikola Milutinov post turnaround layup
  • SERBIA 84-71: Aleksa Abramovic two, RJ Barrett three
  • SERBIA 82-68: Dillon Brooks three
  • SERBIA 82-65: Dejan Davidovac tip-in. Timeout Canada with 8:35 left.
  • SERBIA 80-65: RJ Barrett dunk
  • SERBIA 80-63: Marko Guduric corner three
  • SERBIA 77-63: Aleksa Abramovic steal and score
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: Sweet-shooting Serbia stays ahead of Canada, 75-63
  • SERBIA 75-63: Svetislav Pesic tech, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander free throw
  • SERBIA 75-62: Vanja Marinkovic open three
  • SERBIA 72-62: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander quick layup response
  • SERBIA 72-60: Marko Guduric three
  • SERBIA 69-60: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander driving layup
  • SERBIA 69-58: Marko Guduric splits free throws, gets own miss
  • SERBIA 68-58: Nikola Milutinov hook shot, and-one
  • SERBIA 65-58: Nickeil Alexander-Walker turnaround jumper
  • SERBIA 65-56: Ognjen Dobric with another floater
  • SERBIA 63-56: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sinks two free throws
  • SERBIA 63-54: Stefan Jovic driving layup
  • SERBIA 61-54: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fadeaway jumper
  • SERBIA 61-52: Ognjen Dobric cuts to the post for the floater
  • SERBIA 59-52: Kelly Olynyk 2/2 from the line
  • SERBIA 59-50: Ognjen Dobric layup off Stefan Jovic feed
  • SERBIA 57-50: Nickeil Alexander-Walker wing three
  • SERBIA 57-47: Nikola Jovic layup plus a foul. He misses the bonus
  • SERBIA 55-47: RJ Barrett crafty post dribble leading to easy layup
  • SERBIA 55-45: Bogdan Bogdanovic split free throw trip
  • SERBIA 54-45: Dillon Brooks three
  • SERBIA 54-42: Nikola Jovic contested long two
  • SERBIA 52-42: Dillon Brooks three
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: Serbia breaks away from Canada, 52-39.
  • SERBIA 52-39: RJ Barrett fastbreak dunk
  • SERBIA 52-37: Aleksa Abramovic 2/2 FTs, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 3rd foul with 0:42 left
  • SERBIA 50-37: Jordi Fernandez tech, Vanja Marinkovic tech FT.
  • SERBIA 49-37: Nikola Milutinov sinks 2 charities
  • SERBIA 47-37: Nikola Milutinov keeps going inside with a layup
  • SERBIA 45-37: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 2/2 from the line
  • SERBIA 45-35: Nikola Milutinov back-to-back dunks
  • SERBIA 41-35: Dwight Powell layup
  • SERBIA 41-33: Ognjen Dobric brushes off his pain, sinks open three
  • SERBIA 38-33: RJ Barrett open three as Ognjen Dobric rolls on the floor in pain
  • SERBIA 38-30: Bogdan Bogdanovic long two
  • SERBIA 36-30: Kelly Olynyk sinks 2 free throws
  • SERBIA 36-28: Nikola Milutinov 1/2 from the line. Dillon Brooks 3rd foul with 4:11 left.
  • SERBIA 35-28: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander splits his free throws
  • SERBIA 35-27: Nickeil Alexander-Walker driving layup
  • SERBIA 35-25: Ognjen Dobric tough alley-oop layup
  • SERBIA 33-25: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores his first field goal at the 5:49 mark
  • SERBIA 33-23: Bogdan Bogdanovic bullies his way inside and flexes
  • SERBIA 31-23: Bogdan Bogdanovic three
  • SERBIA 28-23: RJ Barrett 2/2 free throws
  • SERBIA 28-21: Marko Guduric uncontested layup
  • SERBIA 26-21: Nickeil Alexander-Walker corner three
  • SERBIA 26-18: Marko Guduric corner three
  • SERBIA 23-18: Lu Dort corner three
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Serbia leads Canada, 23-15
  • SERBIA 23-15: Aleksa Abramovic 2/2 charities
  • SERBIA 21-15: Kelly Olynyk 2/2 from the line
  • SERBIA 21-13: Aleksa Abramovic fakes a pass, gets an easy fastbreak layup. Timeout Canada with 1:59 left.
  • SERBIA 19-13: Bogdan Bogdanovic 2/2 free throws
  • SERBIA 17-13: Aleksa Abramovic outlet pass for an easy Nikola Jovic layup
  • SERBIA 15-13: Bogdan Bogdanovic and-one putback off missed Nikola Milutinov free throws
  • CANADA 13-12: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offensive foul, his second with 3:27 left
  • CANADA 13-12: Ognjen Dobric floater
  • CANADA 13-10: Dillon Brooks tough fading jumper
  • CANADA 11-10: RJ Barrett dump pass to Dwight Powell for the jam
  • SERBIA 10-9: Nikola Jovic layup
  • CANADA 9-8: Dillon Brooks 2/2 free throws
  • SERBIA 8-7: Kelly Olynyk open three
  • SERBIA 8-4: RJ Barrett corner three
  • SERBIA 8-1: Ognjen Dobric and Bogdan Bogdanovic sink threes
  • SERBIA 2-1: Nikola Milutinov dunk off a Bogdan Bogdanovic pass
  • CANADA 1-0: Dwight Powell splits from the line
  • SERBIA STARTING FIVE: Bogdanovic, Dobric, N. Jovic, S. Jovic, Milutinov
  • CANADA STARTING FIVE: Gilgeous-Alexander, Barrett, Brooks, Powell, Olynyk


One has been to the last dance of the FIBA World Cup, the other has never made it this far.

Canada and Serbia dispute a prized spot in the championship game as they lock horns in a sudden death semifinal at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, September 8.

Reaching the final four for the first time in World Cup history, the Canadians look to extend their stellar run by overcoming a hungry Serbian side seeking to complete its unfinished business after a silver finish in the 2014 edition.

Save for its surprising loss to Brazil in the second round, Canada has been a steady force in this World Cup, winning all of its four games against European squads (France, Latvia, Spain, and Slovenia) by an average of 17.5 points.

At the forefront of the Canadian attack is All-NBA First Team member Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who enters the semifinals with norms of 25 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.7 steals.

Six more NBA players represent Canada: RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Lu Dort, Kelly Olynyk, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Dwight Powell.

While Serbia has only two NBA players in its roster – the fewest among all semifinalists – in Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jovic, it boasts of a laundry list of success on the world stage.

The Orlovia have been to the semifinals in three of the last World Cups, placing fourth in 2010 and bagging silver in 2014.

Its quarterfinal ouster of erstwhile unbeaten Lithuania provides further proof that Serbia is just as dangerous as any of the three other remaining squads.

Bogdanovic leads the way for Serbia with 18.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 steals.

Game time is 4:45 pm, before the USA and Germany tangle in the opposite semifinal bracket at 8:40 pm.

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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.