Slovenia beat Spain 95-87 at the end of a hard-fought match resolved only in the final, winning the first place in group C of the Olympic tournament. This adds to the possible opponents of Italy in the quarters together with France and Team USA: in the afternoon the draw. Luka Doncic, struggling with fouls problems, touches the triple double with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists, Ricky Rubio’s 18 with 9 assists are not enough
It was one of the most anticipated matches of the groups and did not betray any expectations: Slovenia and Spain have created a beautiful and hard-fought challenge, resolved only in the final in favor of the Slovenians who finished with a great last quarter of 27-17. Slovenia thus takes the first place in group C of the Olympic tournament, joining Australia, France and Team USA in the urn of the four “seeded” in view of the quarterfinals. The draw, which should take place in the afternoon, will therefore see how Italy’s possible opponents are Slovenia, France or the United States, given that the Azzurri have already faced the Australians in the group. In any case, he will be a very tough opponent to face on Tuesday.
Slovenia wins 95-87 even without a great Doncic
A result that has even more value because it has been achieved without an outstanding performance from Luka Doncic. Author of three fouls already in the first quarter and hunted by the Spanish defense who constantly doubled him, the Dallas Mavericks star stopped only 12 points with just 2/7 from the field (both triple) and 6/11 to the free, committing 5 turnovers. Doncic, however, gave everything he had in the rest of the game, capturing 14 rebounds (the best of his together with a gorgeous 16 + 14 Mike Tobey) and above all 9 assists, touching the third triple double in the history of the Games (the last was LeBron James in 2012 in the semifinals). It was therefore above all Doncic’s teammates who won the game, finding four other players in double digits (Cancar 22, Tobey 16, Prepelic 15 and Blazic 10) and winning the rebound battle for 51-31 (15 in attack).