Mirza Teletovic and Bojan Bogdanovic found themselves in big games --at least by Eurobasket "friendly" standards-- and one, Teletovic, came out the hero while the other, Bogdanovic, not so much.
In a game watched live by many Nets fans, Teletovic scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds, handed out three assists and dominated Germany for Bosnia, winning 73-62. Teletovic started out slowly, missing three's early and Bosnia went down, 20-8. Then as the game wore on, he found his stroke but more importantly became the focus of the Bosnian offense, hitting long-range three's, a floater in the lane and finishing off two alley-oops with monstrous two-hand jams to help cement the win. Only one other Bosnian, Nihad Djedovic, was in double figures, finishing with 18. Teletovic played the entire game until things were decided last in the fourth.He finished 11-of-23, including 4-of-12 from deep.
After the game, Teletovic retweeted a message from Ed Dzeko, Bosnia's soccer star, adding "teamwork" and an image of the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Serbia handed Croatia an 88-71 defeat, collapsing on Bogdanovic, limiting him to seven points on 0-of-4 shooting. It was Croatia's worse defeat in the Eurobasket prelims. Nenad Krstic led Serbia with 19. The former Net now plays for CSKA Moscow.
Both teams play again Saturday. Bosnia plays Greece and Croatia plays Turkey. Meanwhile, the Nets new assistant coach, Joe Prunty, saw his Great Britain team go down to Sweden. "Defensively, we had lapses, particularly late in the first quarter and into the latter part of the second quarter - those runs hurt us," he told Great Britain's official website, www.gbbasketball.com.
- Boxscore - Germany vs. Bosnia & Herzogovina - German Basketball
Friendly: Deutschland (62 - 73) Bosnia and Herzegovina (Video) - FanovBiH
- GB LOSE IN LUBLIN TO A STRONG SWEDISH SIDE - Great Britain Basketball