Mike Tobey scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Luka Doncic was one rebound from a triple-double when Slovenia beat Venezuela 98-70 on Saturday in the Pre-Olympic Semifinals at the Kaunas, Lithuania venue.
Slovenia only needs one more victory to earn their place in the Olympics.
Tobey who was born in New York, went to high school in New Jersey, played college baseball for Virginia, started his professional career in North Carolina and eventually signed with a club in Spain, hitting 11 of 17 shots from the field with Slovenia; Doncic praised her performance.
“He can do a lot and he’s a great defensive guy,” said Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks star. “He’s really helping us there.”
Doncic finished with 23 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds for Slovenia (3-0), who will play Lithuania on Sunday for a berth at the Tokyo Olympics.
The four qualifying tournament sites – Lithuania, Canada, Serbia and Croatia – will hold championship games on Sunday to determine the last four teams to represent men’s basketball in the summer tournament.
“It would be amazing. It would be a dream to be in the Olympics,” Doncic said. “Not just me, I think the whole Slovenian federation and the whole country. They really cheer us on and I hope we get to that.”
Slovenia has surpassed its first three matches, winning by 50, 35 and now 28 points. He’s been down for a total of 6 minutes, 55 seconds of 120 minutes of action, 5.8% of the time and all of that was in the first quarter of a group match against Poland.
Zoran Dragic added 12 points for Slovenia, which won the European championship in 2017 but has not qualified for the men’s basketball Olympics since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Pedro Chourio and Michael Carrera scored 16 each for Venezuela, which received 10 from David Cubillán.
GERMANY 86-76 CROATIA
Germany closed the match on a 19-2 streak to surprise host Croatia and advance to Sunday’s championship 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 his best for Croatia, scoring 38 points on 11 of 19 shots. His teammates combined totaled 38 points on 12-for-35 shots. Mario Hezonja finished with 14 for Croatia (1-2), who missed their last seven shots.