MANILA, Philippines – There’s a reason Serbian star Boban Marjanovic is a six-year NBA veteran, and it’s not just because of his 7-foot-4 build.
Gilas Pilipinas captain Isaac Go can attest to this after Marjanovic dominated in Serbia’s 83-76 victory over the Philippines on Thursday at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.
“You can see how he plays, he knows he’s big and strong, he knows how to get to his places, he knows how to use what he has going for him,” Go said in an appearance on The Game.
“I knew he was bigger and stronger than Kai (Sotto), he was taller than Ange (Kouame), and once he gets to his place, he scores. So you can see why he’s in the NBA. “
Go just had brief frictions with Marjanovic when Kai Sotto and Ange Kouame took turns controlling the Dallas Mavericks slot machine.
Taking the lead role for Serbia without reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks sniper Bogdan Bogdanovic, Marjanovic displayed his entire repertoire on his way to a 25-point, 10-rebound night.
The 32-year-old Marjanovic, a three-time Serbian Super League MVP, scored eight of Serbia’s last 10 points to help fend off a valiant fight by young Filipinos.
“At the same time, you can see how he leads his team, controls defense and can pass the ball,” Go said.
Sotto also appreciated his experience playing against Serbia led by Marjanovic, who is ranked No. 5 in the world.
“Either you win or you learn. This time, I learned many things and that is a victory for me. Grateful for this experience and grateful to be a part of this amazing team. #Parasabayan #puso, ”Sotto wrote on social media.
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