Luka Doncic and Slovenia, two victories away from securing Olympic passage


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Luka Doncic and Slovenia, two victories away from securing Olympic passage

Luka Doncic and Slovenia are two victories away from qualifying for the basketball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Doncic scored 18 points and provided 10 assists, Klemen Prepelic scored 17 points and Slovenia edged Poland 112-77 on Thursday in Kaunas, Lithuania, to secure a place in the Saturday semi-finals of the Olympic qualifying tournament in that region.

Slovenia (2-0) won both of their group stage matches by a combined 85 points. He must now win on consecutive days this weekend to qualify for Tokyo.

“Very happy, very content, especially when I sit on the bench and see the guys playing the way they do: playing together, fighting together,” Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic said. “For us coaches, it’s really a pleasure to see them play this way.”

Despite the defeat, Poland (1-1) also qualified for the semi-finals on Saturday.

Thursday was the last day of group play in the four qualifying tournaments in Lithuania, Croatia, Serbia and Canada. There are no games scheduled for Friday; two semi-final games in each region are scheduled for Saturday, and those winners will play on Sunday to determine the last four teams to complete the 12 sets for the Tokyo Olympics.

Mateusz Ponitka led Poland with 16 points.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Poland coach Mike Taylor said. “But we are looking towards the semi-finals. We have two games to pursue our dreams of reaching Tokyo.”


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