Luka Doncic puts on a show as Slovenia defeats Venezuela

2023-08-26T15:29:15+00:00 2023-08-26T16:06:58+00:00.

Nikola Miloradovic

26/Aug/23 15:29

Venezuela shot exceptionally well in the first half but couldn’t cope with the European team and Doncic in the continuation

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Led by NBA star Luka Doncic, who scored a tournament-high 37 points so far, Slovenia opened the 2023 FIBA World Cup with a 100-85 victory over Venezuela.

As expected, Doncic displayed his magic in his first outing in Okinawa and even flirted with a potential first World Cup triple-double, grabbing seven rebounds and providing six assists. Luka shot 11/18 from the field, with just one miss for two-pointers (9/10), and went 13/16 from the free-throw line.

Mike Tobey also had a terrific match, as the new Crvena Zvezda center shot perfect 9/9 from the field for 21 points. Klemen Prepelic followed the duo with 18 points.

Garly Sojo led the losing side with 16 points, while Jhoran Zamora and Heissler Guillent added 12 points each. Jose Materan scored 11, and Michael Carrera finished with 10.

Venezuela had a great first half, shooting 12/25 from the three-point line, with Zamora hitting a buzzer-beater at the end of the second quarter for 51-56. However, they couldn’t cope with Doncic, Tobey, and the rest of the Slovenian team in the latter part of the match.

In Round 2, Slovenia will face a much tougher challenge against Georgia, who defeated Cape Verde in their World Cup debut, while Venezuela will have to contend with Edy Tavares and his teammates on August 28th.

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