Marko Gudurić dedicates FIBA semis win to teammate who lost kidney due to injury

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 8) — Veteran World Cup Serbian guard Marko Gudurić dedicated the team's win against Canada in the FIBA knock out semi-final matches to their teammate who lost a kidney after getting injured in their match against South Sudan.

Gudurić expressed his awe for his team’s efforts against Canada and emphasized that the win was for Serbian forward Borisa Simanic, who is still confined at a hospital in Manila.

“I’m super proud of our team, of our guys, coaches and staff but I have to mention our teammate who’s still in the hospital who’s fighting,” Gudurić said.

“We just want to say that hopefully he feels a little bit better when he knows that he has a medal,” he added.

Simanic has been operated twice in the country, losing one kidney after he was elbowed with just under two minutes left in Serbia's win over South Sudan on Wednesday.

The players reportedly were not able to sleep after trying their best to provide help for the confined Simanic.

Simanic scored three points in about 20 minutes off Serbia's bench in three games during the World Cup.

Serbia will take home either a gold or silver medal in their finals match after their 95-86 win against Canada.

Gudurić scored 12 markers in the game against Canada.

Atlanta Hawks gunner Bogdan Bogdanovic did the most damage to the Red Warriors, scoring 23 points for Serbia, while shooting guard Ognjen Dobric and big man Nikola Milutinov scored 16 markers apiece.