Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic and Serbia nearly got a huge boost in the Group of Death, but an untimely turnover sealed their fate in a 74-73 loss to France in their second game of the FIBA World Cup.
The 22-year-old Bogdanovic lost the ball on a drive with less than five seconds left and the game tied at 73, and then a foul on the other end put the French on the foul line, where they won the game.
After a quiet first game where he distributed rather than scored, Bogdanovic finished on Sunday with 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the floor.
It’s a painful loss for a Serbian squad that still must face Brazil and Spain. The good news is that Serbia still looks capable of making a deep run in the round of 16 should it advance. Unlike Goran Dragic and an undersized Slovenian squad, there is a bit versatility for Serbia. Center Miroslav Raduljica led the team with 21 points against France and should be a force against bigger squads from here on out.