George Rowland was in the Copper Box on Wednesday night to find out what the players and coaches made of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 80-67 win over Team GB. First the reaction from the visitors.
Nemanja Mitrovic (Guard/Forward-Bosnia & Herzegovina): I think we played well and accomplished our goal was here, get an important road win to start the qualification round. But we lost a little bit of concentration in the second half and we almost let it slip so we have to tighten up some of those things that we didn’t do well in the second half and prepare for these two games coming up that we have at home when Great Britain and Iceland come to us so we can get those two important wins.
Coach Dusko Ivanovic (Head Coach- Bosnia & Herzegovina-Translated by Nemanja Mitrovic): I think we got an important win tonight, with the importance that we win the next two games at home then it will really have a lot of meaning. We had some moments where we played well and controlled the game, but we also had some moments where we had an unexplained lapse, which we did not want. Part of it is due to a lapse in concentration, and the other part was the players of Great Britain playing well and putting in a great effort, playing aggressively and coming pretty close to coming back into the game.
Asked about Nemanja Gordic and his ability to run the team as a playmaker: I think Nemanja played a solid game, there were times when he controlled the game but there were also moments where he lost concentration offensively and defensively. It was fortunate that Muhamed Pasalic came after the start of training camp to help the team with that position. But in my opinion and by my standards Nemanja did not have a good enough a game and he needs to play much, much better.