Slovenia’s Luka Doncic reach final, close to qualifying for Olympic basketball tournament – .

Slovenia’s Luka Doncic reach final, close to qualifying for Olympic basketball tournament – .

Mike Tobey scored 27 points and took 12 rebounds, and Luka Doncic was one rebound from a triple-double as Slovenia beat Venezuela 98-70 on Saturday in the semifinals of an Olympic qualifying tournament in Kaunas, in Lithuania.
Slovenia only needs one more victory to win a trip to the Olympics.

Tobey was born in New York, attended high school in New Jersey, played college ball for Virginia, began his professional career in North Carolina, and eventually signed with a club in Spain.

He was 11 for 17 on the pitch for Slovenia, and Doncic raved about his performance.

“He can do a lot of things and he’s a great defenseman,” said Doncic, a Dallas Mavericks star. He really helps us there.

Doncic finished with 23 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds for Slovenia (3-0), who will face either Lithuania or Poland on Sunday with a place in the Tokyo Olympics at stake.

The four qualifying tournament venues – Lithuania, Canada, Serbia and Croatia – will host league matches on Sunday to determine the final four teams on the Olympic men’s basketball court.

“It would be amazing. It would be a dream to be at the Olympics, ”Doncic said. “Not just me, I am thinking of the whole Federation of Slovenia and the whole country. They really encourage us and I hope we get there. “

Slovenia finished their first three games, winning by 50, 35 and now 28 points. He trailed for a total of 6 minutes, 55 seconds in 120 minutes of action – 5.8% of the time – and all of that was in the first quarter of a group game against Poland.

Zoran Dragic added 12 points for Slovenia, who won the European Championship in 2017 but have not qualified for the Olympic Men’s Basketball Games since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Pedro Chourio and Michael Carrera each scored 16 for Venezuela, who got 10 from David Cubillan.


SERBIES 102, PORTO RICO 84: Vasilije Micic scored 21 points, Nemanja Bjelica added 18 and the Serbian host advanced to Sunday’s final in Belgrade against Italy.

Filip Petrusev and Danilo Andjusic each scored 15 points and Milos Teodosic finished with 11 points and 10 assists for Serbia (3-0), who won silver at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Isaiah Pineiro scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shots for Puerto Rico (1-2), which got 20 points from George Conditt, 17 from Gian Clavell and a 12-point game and 10 assists from Gary Browne.

ITALY 79, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 59: Italy used a 17-0 streak in the third quarter to build a 32-point lead and had no trouble reaching Sunday’s final.

Simone Fontecchio scored 17 points and Stefano Tonut added 14 for Italy, who saw their 12 players reach the goalscoring column.

Brandone Edward Francis Ramirez scored 12 for the Dominican Republic (1-2), and Adonys Henriquez added 10.


GERMANY 86, CROATIA 76: Germany closed the game on a 19-2 streak to stun the Croatian host and advance to Sunday’s league game in Split against Brazil.

Maodo Lo scored 29 points and added eight assists for Germany (3-0), who got 13 points from Joshiko Saibou and 11 from Andreas Obst.

Bojan Bogdanovic did all he could for Croatia, scoring 38 points on an 11-for-19 shot. His teammates, combined, totaled 38 points on a 12-for-35 shot. Mario Hezonja finished with 14 for the Croatia (1-2), who missed their last seven shots.

BRAZIL 102, MEXICO 74: Vitor Benite scored 22 points and Brazil (3-0) had little trouble with Mexico on their way to Sunday’s final in Split.

Rafael Luz scored 12 points and Alex Garcia scored 11 for Brazil, who topped Mexico 54-27 by a 3-point range.

Francisco Cruz scored 18 for Mexico (1-2), who got 16 from Gustavo Ayon, 12 from Orlando Mendez and 11 from Paul Stoll.


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