NBA star Luka Donchik provided Slovenia with a triple-double on Sunday to lead Lithuania 969-6 and their first Olympic basketball tournament. Slovenia tossed a ticket to Tokyo with a victory in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Kaunas, Lithuania. Donsik, 22, scored 15 of his 31 points in the second quarter and added 11 rebounds and 13 assists to lead Slovenia. Lithuania, led by NBA leaders Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valencionus, has slipped twice to double-digit deficits.
However, Slovenia took great control of the score 14-0 in the third and fourth quarters and the Lithuanians will miss the Games for the first time.
“We’ve worked hard for it,” said Dallas Mavericks star Donsic, who was voted the tournament’s most valuable player.
“I don’t worry about MVP,” Donsick said. “We won here, we are going to the Olympics for the first time in our country.
“It’s amazing,” he added. “I think every kid in Slovenia dreams of participating in the Olympics, and I did.”
The event was held in Kaunas among four men’s basketball qualifiers that ended on Sunday.
Germany split the red-hot Brazil to book their first Olympic berth since 2006 in Split, Croatia.
Brazil lost their first three opponents by 2, 227 and 26 points to reach the final.
However, Germany is pushing their ticket with the victory of ticket5- ticket64 in Tokyo.
In Belgrade, Italy avoided a 102-99 Olympic silver medalist Serbia 102-99 to secure a Tokyo berth.
On Sunday evening, the Czech Republic defeated Greece 97-72 in Victoria, Canada for the final spot in the 12-nation Olympic men’s basketball tournament.
Japan was included on the field as hosts, while seven more teams qualified for the 2016 Olympic gold medal in the United States through the 2016 World Cup.
The list also includes World Cup winners and Rio Bronze medalists Spain, Nigeria, Argentina, Iran, France and Australia – who finished fourth in Rio.
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