NBAstar Luka Doncic delivered a triple-double to steer Slovenia over Lithuania 96-85 on Sunday and into their first Olympic basketball event. Slovenia punched their ticket to Tokyo with the victory within the FIBA Olympic qualifying event in Kaunas, Lithuania. Doncic, 22, scored 15 of his 31 factors within the second quarter and added 11 rebounds and 13 assists to steer Slovenia. Lithuania, led by NBA stalwarts Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas, twice clawed again from double-digit deficits.
However Slovenia took management for good with a 14-0 scoring run bridging the third and fourth quarters and the Lithuanians will miss out on the Video games for the primary time.
“We labored exhausting for this,” stated Dallas Mavericks star Doncic, who was named Most Precious Participant of the event.
“I do not care in regards to the MVP,” Doncic stated. “We gained right here, we’ll the Olympics, the primary time in our nation.
“It is superb,” he added. “I believe each child in Slovenia goals about being within the Olympics, I did, too.”
The occasion in Kaunas was one among 4 males’s basketball qualifiers concluding on Sunday.
In Cut up, Croatia, Germany cooled off red-hot Brazil to ebook their first Olympic berth since 2008.
Brazil went into the ultimate on a roll, beating their first three opponents by 26, 27 and 28 factors.
But it surely was Germany punching their ticket to Tokyo with a 75-64 victory.
In Belgrade, Italy took down 2016 Olympic silver medallists Serbia 102-95 to safe a Tokyo berth.
On Sunday night, the Czech Republic dominated Greece 97-72 in Victoria, Canada, for the ultimate spot within the 12-nation Olympic males’s basketball event.
Japan are included in that area as hosts, whereas seven different groups — together with 2016 Olympic gold medallists the USA — have been certified through the 2019 World Cup.
That listing additionally contains the World Cup winners and Rio bronze medallists Spain, Nigeria, Argentina, Iran, France and Australia — who completed fourth in Rio.
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