Slovenia is 17-0 with NBA star Luka Doncic and now looking to add an Olympic gold to the European championship they won in 2017
SAITAMA – Luka doncic Y Slovenia they need a win to win a medal in their Olympic basketball debut.
The only one that Doncic he knows how to do when he puts on the uniform of his country is to win.
Doncic finished with 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help Slovenia to defeat on Tuesday 94-70 a Germany in the first crossing of the quarterfinals of the Olympic basketball tournament.
Doncic is the unquestionable star of Slovenia, and even the entire basketball tournament. But the attention it generates means that opposing defenses could expose other players, and Doncic you will find them.
“He is the leader of the team,” he said. Dragic. “We know it and we accept it, but we have so many weapons in our team and it is easy to play with him, because when he plays there are like three players who have to defend him.”
Zoran dragic gave to Slovenia a good start as he made his first six shots and made 11 of 13 attempts to finish with 27 points.
Doncic He wasn’t as accurate, but he got into the rhythm in the second half with good shots and creating plays to prevent Germany was a serious threat.
The Slovenians will face the winner of the duel between France and Italy.
Slovenia is 17-0 with Doncic, and now they are looking to add an Olympic gold to the European championship they won in 2017.
“It is a great group that plays together. They have great chemistry. There are no egos in the team, ”said the coach of Slovenia, Aleksander Sekulic. “There is no selfishness and they really play with their heart in every game.
Slovenia won his group by beating the world champion, Spain, on Sunday 95-87 to avoid a cross against United States, France or Australia until the semifinals.
But Germany was competitive for a good stretch, recovering from the good start of Slovenia until Doncic and his teammates took off for good at the beginning of the second half.
Maodo Lo scored 11 units and Germany concluded his first Olympic appearance since 2008 with Dirk nowitzki, partner of Doncic during the first year of Slovenian with Mavericks of Dallas.
“Obviously, they have one of the best players in the world, but he is not alone,” said the coach of Germany, Henrik Roedl. “When everyone else gets it right, it’s very difficult to face this team.”
Doncic he finished the group stage as the tournament’s top scorer with 28.3 points per game. For the second game in a row he flirted with the first triple-double in about Olympic Games from Lebron James in 2012.
Both teams capitalized on their last chances to qualify for Olympic Games by winning two of the four knockout tournaments held last month.
Slovenia has much bigger goals than simply going to Tokyo.