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Doncic double-double helps Slovenia claim top spot in Group B
KAUNAS (Lithuania) - Luka Doncic posted a near triple-double inside three quarters as Slovenia continued their impressive form at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament to beat Poland 112-77.
With top spot in Group B on the line, Slovenia produced another devastating all-round team display with another balanced scoring attack as six players hit double figures.
Turning point: Both teams started on fire offensively and went back and forth during an up-tempo opening period that accrued 55 points at a highly efficient rate of scoring. Slovenia used a 9-0 run late in the first to take a lead they would not relinquish with a dominant spell in the second quickly taking their advantage to 20 points. After that, that would be that in terms of a contest.
Game heroes: Even in a fast paced game, Doncic was still able to make the game look in slo-motion at times as he posted a 18 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds line while resting much of the fourth. Klemen Prepelic - kept out of Slovenia's opener due to a minor injury issue - had an instant impact with 9 points in the pivotal spell in the second quarter before finishing with 17 points.
Stats don't lie: Poland were unable to slow Slovenia, who started 12-of-17 from the field and managed to maintain a consistently high level of efficiency throughout the encounter as they soared beyond the 100-point barrier for the second time in two games here in Kaunas.
Bottom line: Slovenia are the team that take plenty of momentum into the Semi-Finals and are arguably now the team to beat in Kaunas. Poland's hopes, meanwhile, certainly have been dented by the manner of defeat. They will likely face the hosts Lithuania in a crunch clash on Saturday and cannot afford a repeat performance.