Serbia thrashed Angola in their first match of the FIBA World Cup ©Getty Images

Serbia have begun their International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup campaign in China with a dominant victory over Angola.

The Serbian team enter the tournament as favourites, currently sitting top of FIBA's power rankings. 

They thrashed Angola 105-59 in Group D at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena.

Bogdan Bogdanovic was the star for Serbia in front of 14,000 spectators, scoring 24 points. 

"We played a great game from the beginning till the end," said Serbia's Nikola Milutinov.

 "We were strong. 

"Mentally, we were ready both ways - offensively and defensively. 

"This is why we grabbed this easy win." 

The remaining Group D match saw another high-scoring result, with Italy crushing Philippines 108-62. 

Group A saw hosts China ease past Ivory Coast 70-55 at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing, with Poland defeating Venezuela 80-69. 

Puerto Rico edged past Iran 83-81 in Group C at Guangzhou Gymnasium, before Spain overwhelmed Tunisia 101-62.

The last of the day's matches took place in Group B at Wuhan Gymnasium.

Russia narrowly got past Nigeria 82-77, while Argentina beat South Korea 95-69.

Competition continues tomorrow when matches in Group E, F, G and H begin. 

The United States are set to begin their title defence against Czech Republic at Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre.