ISTANBUL – Another classic at the Sinan Erdem Dome.
Milos Teodosic was the hero, pulling up for a loooong three with 3.1 seconds left to win the game for Serbia. Spain, the defending world champions, will not medal here in Istanbul. They will move to the consolation bracket now, with Serbia advancing to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will play the winner of tonight’s Slovenia-Turkey game.
Many will call this an upset, but I don’t really see it that way. Serbia had the most efficient offense in pool play, and through the round of 16, they were the third best team in the tournament statistically (behind the U.S. and Turkey), ranking second offensively and third defensively.
Spain, with as much talent and experience as they have, just hadn’t played that well.
Of course, this game was won by the narrowest of margins. It’s not like Serbia was far and away the better team on Wednesday.