With a great offensive display from Víctor Liz, Mike Torres and Gelvis Solano plus a dominant third period, the Dominicans defeated the Philippines and secured a ticket to the semifinals to face Italy
The selection of the Dominican Republic defeated 94-67 the combined Philippines to close Group A with a victory that grants them a place in the semifinals in the FIBA pre-Olympic tournament.
The Dominicans were led by 23 points of Victor Liz, 21 of Gelvis Solano and 20 of Mike torres, and they shot collectively for 49% from the field.
The Philippines gained their biggest lead midway through the second period when they put the game on 33-25, but thanks to Torres and Liz’s offense, the Dominican was able to finish just two points behind, thanks to Liz’s triple at the end of the first half. and was left with 14 points at that time for his personal account.
Mike torres he tied at 45 points per side with 8:04 minutes remaining in the third period with a great steal and using his speed to travel the court.
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From then on, the Dominican dominance was total, winning the third quarter 26-10 and the last period 29-16, with that figure being the best of the tournament in a quarter so far for the Dominicans.
Despite showing against Serbia that their weakness in the Dominican Republic is in the paint, they were able to beat the Filipinos 39-32 in the rebounding battle and got 22 assists in the duel.
For the Philippines the best scorer was Jordan Timohty Heading with 16 points, and they say goodbye to the tournament with two defeats.
Angel Nunez scored 13 points and Jonathan Araujo He had 7 rebounds with 4 assists for the Dominican Republic, who will face the Italian team in the semifinal match.
In the other key, Serbia, who finished the group stage with 2-0, will face the Puerto Rican team this Saturday, July 3.