RIO DE JANEIRO (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Serbia needed nearly a full quarter to hit their stride but once they did, there was no stopping them.
Venezuela's Nestor Colmenares, center, is pressured by Serbia's Nikola Kalinic (10) and Serbia's Miroslav Raduljica, right, during a men's basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
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Miroslav Raduljica added 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting for Serbia, part of an worldwide basketball power in the old Yugoslavia but absent from the Olympics since 2004, when it competed as Serbia and Montenegro. Two prime examples of why that's the case will take the floor against one another in a preliminary round matchup on Saturday with Venezuela vs Serbia.
The Serbians won a silver medal two years ago in the Basketball World Cup, but didn't qualify for the Olympics until winning a qualifying tournament it hosted last month.
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Venezuela, which reached the Olympics for the first time since 1992, next plays the United States on Monday.
Turning point: Venezuela gave as good as they got for most of the first quarter and were tied at 14-14 when Serbia shifted into a higher gear.
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On the other bench, the Venezuela team doesn't have the same level of talent-but they do have a team that has played with cohesion in every global competition that we've seen and has some potential breakout players in their own right with guys like captain Jose Vargas.