Slovenia, led by a Luka Doncic who made a ‘triple-double’ (31 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists), won 85-96 over the host Lithuania in the final of the Kaunas pre-Olympic and will be a rival of Spain, Argentina Y Japan in Group C of the Olympic tournament.
Mission accomplished for Doncic and his team, who, after a very close first half, took off between the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the last with a 0-14 partial that was devastating, from 69-71 from minute 27 to 69-85 from 32. That was the end of the game for Lithuania, which until then never lost its face to the game.
🎵 MVP, MVP, MVP! 🎵
📊 31 PTS 11 REB 13 AST | 42 EFF pic.twitter.com/QAXqv8AfwO
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The Dallas Mavericks player’s 31 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists for 42 PIR credits pushed Slovenia, which will play the Olympics for the first time ,. A success to which the 18 points and 5 rebounds of Vlatko Cancar and the 16 points of Jaka Blazic also contributed.
The result leaves Lithuania out of a Games men’s basketball tournament for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union, despite 14 points and 6 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas and 14 and 4 from Arnas Butkevicius.
Slovenia will debut in Tokyo 2020 on July 26 against Argentina, its second match will be on 29 against Japan and on August 1 it will face Spain in the last group match. The first two of each group and the two best third parties qualify for the quarterfinals.