Turning Point: Heading into the last quarter, Mirza Teletovic was two of 17 for the tournament from the perimeter. He then rifled home four triples in the last 10 minutes to take Bosnia and Herzegovina to victory.
Game Hero: Nihad Dedovic delivered a super shooting performance - six of seven from the field - to help him to 19 points, in addition to five assists and five rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: Bosnia and Herzegovina converted 15 three-pointers and finished the game hitting 45% from downtown.
|Nihad Dedovic had 19 points to help Bosnia and Herzegovina to their first win |
Bosnia and Herzegovina torched Montenegro from the perimeter to get off the mark in Group C.
They racked up a 94-86 success thanks to some devastating outside shooting in the final quarter to make up for their opening day loss to Greece.
Having raced into an early 10-6 lead due to the work of veteran Henry Domercant, Montenegro replied with a 7-2 run characterised by some nice interior passing and finishing at the hoop.
Either side of the first quarter break, Bosnia and Herzegovina then also began to move the ball fluently and their patience on offence paid dividends.
They were aggressive attacking the basket and made an array of nice jump shots as they established a double digit lead at 32-19.
Bosnia and Herzegovina kept pushing the ball and with some nice fastbreak points, to maintain their cushion until just before the interval when Montenegro clawed their way back slightly to 48-41.
If Sabit Hadzic was pleased with the first half, he was visibly furious as Bosnia and Herzegovina then came out with no intensity or rhythm at the start of the third.
A quick time out failed to stem the tide as Montenegro scored 13 points without reply.
However his team responded and with the game hanging in the balance heading into the final quarter, they exploded from outside to secure a first win and hand Montenegro their first ever Final Round loss.