Serbia show their hunger on the court and on social media
BRATISLAVA (FIBA U18 European Championship 2017) – Serbia's mission at the FIBA U18 European Championship started nine days ago, in Piestany and came full circle on Sunday night in Slovak Republic's capital, Bratislava.
Having their eyes set on a medal, the Serbian players documented each step on social media, accompanying the tournament hashtag #FIBAU18Europe with their very own, #gladnismo.
"The hashtag #gladnismo meant we were hungry and now we're in the middle of the court with the trophy and we're full. That was the point, we were hungry to win, we were hungry for medals, for the first place and now we've finished that," explained center Marko Pecarski following his team's 74-62 win over Spain in the Final.
With the trophy in their hands and gold around their necks, it was time to declare the mission completed and introduce a new hashtag.
#sitismo. We're full.
Very happy to be part of this team! We're the champions! 🥇🇷🇸 #FIBAu18Europe #sitismo pic.twitter.com/Ddqr5TbJKN— Filip Petrusev (@PetrusevFilip) August 6, 2017
The proud basketball nation last reached the top of the podium of a European youth championship in 2015 when the U20 team claimed gold in undefeated fashion.
Marko Guduric and Rade Zagorac were among the key players of Serbia back in Lignano, Italy and both did not miss the opportunity to congratulate their younger colleagues on this title.
Easyyyyy 🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🏆🏆🏆 #Fibau18— Rade Zagorac (@radezagorac) August 6, 2017
Several senior national team players joined the list of well-wishers, including Milos Teodosic, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Vladimir Stimac, who proclaimed the youngsters the pride of the nation.
Svaka cast orlici! Veliki uspeh! Bravo! 😊👊 #european #champions #U18 🏆 pic.twitter.com/I0fZMrKPeh— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) August 6, 2017
Bravooo momci, vi ste ponos Srbije🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸❤️❤️❤️❤️— Vladimir Stimac (@stimac15) August 6, 2017
With messages like these serving as added motivation for the future, the appetite for medals might return sooner than expected. At the latest when the first trophy photos make their way back into the timelines as throwback posts.
Stay tuned to find out what hashtag will be next on the menu.