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FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament recap: June 30

Keep up with all the action as Day 2 of FIBA Olympic qualifying resumes for the final spots in Tokyo.

Group B – Kaunas, Lithuania: Slovenia 118, Angola 68

Game Summary

Slovenia rolled over Angola in their first game of the Olympic qualifying tournament, beating the African nation by 50 points. With the win, Slovenia have already advanced to the next round of the tournament as they try to become the one team that advances out of Lithuania. The rout started early with Slovenia going up 13-0 to start the game and it did not let up as eight players ended up in double figures for Slovenia.

NBA Player Performances

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was one of two NBA players to take part in the game and he was able to dominate proceedings during the little time he was on the floor. Doncic had 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting along with nine assists and six rebounds. Denver Nuggets forward Vlatko Cancar poured in 13 points of his own, hitting four of his seven shots.

Luka Doncic records 13 points and 9 assists vs. Angola

Luka Doncic helps Slovenia roll over Angola

Group A – Split, Croatia: Mexico 72, Russia 64

Game Summary

After a loss to Germany on Tuesday, Mexico earned a spot in the semifinals on Wednesday, beating Russia 72-64. Mexico fell behind 36-31 at halftime but made a strong push in the third quarter, outscoring Russia 19-7 in the period. Francisco Cruz led the way for Mexico, putting up 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Group A – Kaunas, Lithuania: Venezuela 94, South Korea 80

Game Summary

Venezuela advanced to the semifinals of the Kaunas Olympic qualifying tournament on Wednesday, beating South Korea 94-80. Venezuela took a commanding lead in the first two quarters, scoring an impressive 56 points in the first half. The South American nation did most of their damage from the three-point line, as they hit 14 of 30 shots from behind the arc.

Group B – Split, Croatia: Brazil 94, Croatia 67

Game Summary

Brazil pulled off an upset on Wednesday in Split, beating Croatia handily 94-67. Brazil led wire-to-wire as they advanced out of Group B and into the semifinals. They managed to get the win despite Croatia playing the game at home and Brazil head coach Aleksandar Petrovic coaching against his home country. Rafael Hettsheimeir led the way for the Brazilians, scoring 20 points as Brazil shot the lights out at 58%.

NBA Player Performances

Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for Croatia, scoring 16 points in front of his home fans. The Utah Jazz sharpshooter will hope to lead his team to the next round with a victory over Tunisia on Thursday.

Bojan Bogdanovic scores 16 vs. Brazil in loss

Bogdanovic drops 16 on Brazil in losing effort

Group A – Belgrade, Serbia: Serbia 83, Philippines 76

Game Summary

Philippines nearly pulled off a historic upset on Wednesday, coming close to defeating a Serbia side that was playing at home in Belgrade. The game was tight throughout with Serbia pulling away late thanks to some clutch baskets from Boban Marjanovic. Serbia booked their place in the semifinals with the win, where they will face the loser of Thursday’s Italy-Puerto Rico game.

NBA Player Performances

Marjanovic was the star for Serbia, dropping 25 points and 10 rebounds on the island nation. He shot 12-for-18 from the field in the win as he proved to be too tough of a matchup for Philippines. Miami Heat forward Nemanja Bjelica did not play for Serbia.

Boban Marjanovic scores 25 vs. Philippines

Boban Marjanovic leads the way in Serbia victory over Philippines

Group A – Belgrade, Serbia: Canada 109, China 79

Game Summary

Canada dominated from start to finish, jumping out to a 13-point halftime lead that grew to 23 points after a third-quarter surge. Seven players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Wiggins’ 20-point performance. With the win, Canada advanced to the tournament semifinals.

NBA Player Performances

Wiggins paced Canada with 20 points, RJ Barrett added 16 points and 5 assists, Dwight Powell finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Luguentz Dort and Trey Lyles scored 11 points each.

Group B – Victoria, Canada: Turkey 87, Czech Republic 70

Game Summary

Turkey used a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away and secure a trip to the tournament semifinals. Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz powered Turkey with a game-high 20 points.

NBA Player Performances

Furkan Korkmaz hit four 3-pointers en route to his 20-point game. Tomas Satoransky finished with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the Czech Republic. Cedi Osman finished with 11 points and 6 assists for Turkey.

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