Doncic and Slovenia qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics


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Doncic and Slovenia qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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.

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.


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