Gilas greats bring back valuable lessons after Boban, Serbia game

Boban Marjanovic Kai Sotto Gilas Serbia OQT

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MANILA, Philippines – There’s a reason Serbian star Boban Marjanovic has been a six-year NBA veteran and it’s not just because of his 7-foot-4 frame.

Gilas Pilipinas captain Isaac Go can attest to this after Marjanovic won 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 his way, he knows how to use what he has to his advantage,” Go said during an appearance on The Game.

“He knew he was taller and stronger than Kai (Sotto), he was taller than Ange (Kouame), and once he got to his place, he scores. So you can see why he’s in the NBA. “

Go just had brief contact with Marjanovic as Kai Sotto and Ange Kouame took turns controlling the Dallas Mavericks slotman.

Starring for Serbia without reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks sniper Bogdan Bogdanovic, Marjanovic showed his full repertoire en route to a 25-point, 10-rebound night.

Marjanovic, 32, a three-time Serbian Super League MVP, has scored eight of Serbia’s last 10 points to help ward off a courageous fight from the young Filipinos.

“At the same time you can see how he’s leading his team, he’s controlling the defense and he can actually pass the ball,” Go said.

Sotto also cherished his experience playing against Serbia led by Marjanovic, ranked No. 1.5 in the world.

“It’s either you win or you learn. This time I learned a lot and it’s 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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