BY SAMPSON ADEDJI
Argentina have looked sharp in all their five wins at the FIBA WORLD CUP 2019, but their biggest test is yet to come as they are set to have a Quarter-Finals encounter with a Serbian team coming off a surprise loss to Spain in the Second Round.
The last time these two countries went head-to-head at the FIBA Basketball World Cup was nine years ago in Ankara, Turkey. It was a nip-and-tuck affair between Argentina and Serbia, with Luis Scola’s mesmerizing 32-point explosion not enough to sink the Serbians, who escaped with an 84-82 win.
Now Scola is back to headline Argentina’s charge, but opposing him will be a new generation of Serbians hoping to thwart the Argentines once more. Scola’s contemporaries like Dusko Savanovic and Nenad Krstic are no longer around, replaced by even more dangerous and versatile players in Nikola Jokic, Nemanja Bjelica and Boban Marjanovic.
Needless to say, Scola & Co. will have their work cut out for them when they play Serbia at the sprawling Dongguan Basketball Center.