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Petrovic sticks with the 12 that qualified for Olympics
ZAGREB (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Croatia coach Aco Petrovic indicated after his team's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) triumph in Turin that he was likely to call on the same 12 players for the Rio de Janeiro Games. That is exactly what he has decided to do, to take a squad that pulled off the biggest surprise of all three OQTs by making it to Brazil.
|Croatia 12-player roster for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
|Marko Arapovic||Luka Babic||Miro Bilan||Bojan Bogdanovic|
|Mario Hezonja||Filip Kruslin||Darko Planinic||Zeljko Sakic|
|Dario Saric||Krunoslav Simon||Rok Stipcevic||Roko Leni Ukic|
Petrovic had said in the post-game press conference that his 12 players had earned the right to go to Brazil while at the same time admitting there were one or two spots in the team that could be strengthened.
"I need to make one or two changes to reinforce the team, but I'm in big doubt," he said.
"And probably I'm not going to make any changes because this team came when nobody believed in them. They stayed for one month, or 32 days together. And now, I'm in a difficult situation.
"I need to have a little bit more quality in the rotation. But I can't turn my back on the team that made this qualification. I need to think."
Among those in the team are OQT Most Valuable Player Dario Saric. Since his qualification for Rio, Saric has signed a contract with Philadelphia to play in the NBA.