Doncic will cross the path of Spain at the Tokyo Games after leading the classification of his team, Slovenia, for the Olympic event. The former Real Madrid player finished with an unlikely triple-double in European basketball (31 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists) commanding the victory over Lithuania (85-96) that gave them the ticket to Japan.
It’s the first time that Slovenia access the Olympic tournament and the first also that Lithuania it looks outside of it. The duel of Kaunas It was a summit of interests of the highest level and the Slovenians, current European champions, demonstrated their ambition and quality to achieve a historic classification.
Doncic it has been fundamental in the classification of Slovenians but not their only argument. The team that Aleksander now directs Sekulic has given an absolute recital of success in the three-point shot throughout the qualifying tournament, ending in this match against the host with 13 targets of 31 attempts in a spectacular rectal from Cancar (4 of 6), Blazic (3 of 4) and Tobey (3 of 4).
The match of Kaunas, before a Zalgirio
Sand packed with fans, it was a want and can’t for the Lithuanians who were in tow from the first quarter to the last. Blazic, Zoran Dragic Y Cancar seconded the effort of Doncic in the first half in which Slovenia had ten points of income (18-28) before embracing character reactions from the Lithuanians, led by Kalnietis and with Sabonis Y Valanciunas as interior referents. The break was reached with 52-52 and 21 points scored by a Doncic unstoppable.
In the second half three triples in a row (two of Cancar and one of Tobey) allowed Slovenia put the direct to the triumph (59-71). Lithuania got to two (69-71) but the triples, of Cancar Above all, they continued to fall at the rim to a maximum income of 16 (69-85) at the start of the fourth quarter.