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Dragic brothers power sets Slovenia up for Quarter-Finals against USA
BARCELONA (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - The Dragic brothers, Goran and Zoran, on Saturday struck the right chords to help Slovenia overcome a pesky Dominican Republic 71-61 and reach the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The win saw Slovenia return to their second successful Quarter-Final appearance at FIBA's flagship event and also set up their third meeting against the reigning champions USA in the history of the tournament.
The Dominican Republic, who came through the tough Group C in Bilbao, controlled the tempo of the game and held the edge on the scoreboard for a better part of the first half.
That was until the Dragic pair took charge of the proceedings.
The brothers, along with Miha Zupan and Uros Slokar, began to weave some swift plays on the offensive end as Slovenia unleashed a 19-0 run across the half-time break.
Zoran Dragic - who sparked the surge with a three-pointer and had seven points in the spurt - went on to finish with 18 points. Goran had a dozen, including four in the decisive run, and handed out six assists.
Edgar Sosa's lay-up ended the drought for the Dominican Republic, but Slovenia had seized control of the game.
Jack Martinez helped bring the FIBA Americas team within two at the start of the final period, but the Slovenian were far too well equipped to let the game slip out of their hands.
James Feldeine led the Dominicans with 16 points and Martinez had a dozen. Francisco Garcia was kept in check, limited to only seven points.