The stage is set for the Basketball event of Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, and Slovenia complete the Men’s Olympic Basketball field for Tokyo 2020 by winning their respective FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
The qualifiers were fixed for four cities, Kaunas, Split, Belgrade and Victoria. Winners from each of the cities will seal a spot in the Olympics.
In Split Croatia.
Favourites Brazil, where shocked by Germany in the finals, falling 75-64. The Germans will join Nigeria, Australia and Belgrade champions Italy in group b. With the win, this is the first time in 13 years that Germany will be at the summer tournament. Their last qualification came in Athens, Greek 2008.
Unfortunately for the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics Games Brazil will not be at the Olympics.
Game hero: Moritz Wagner came off the bench and finished with 28 points in 28 minutes, knocking down 9-of-12 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
In Belgrade, Serbia.
Italy stunned strong favorites Serbia 102 – 95, with Nico Mannion showing he’s got enough NBA experience to throw out the Nikola Jokic-less Serbian side.
The Italians are also in group B where they will face Nigeria, Australia and Split champion Brazil.
In Kaunas, Lithuania.
When you have Luka Doncic in your team, be rest assured that you will get a monster performance from the young dude. The Dallas Mavericks star scored a superb triple-double.
Luka Doncic produced an incredible triple-double performance to send Slovenia to the Olympics for the first time as they defeated Lithuania 96-85 in Sunday’s Final.
The 22-year-old star put up 31 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in a display for the ages in front of 11,561 fans at the Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas. Slovenia heads to the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Basketball Olympic Tournament while Lithuania will miss out on the Games for the first time.
In Victoria, Canada.
Czech surprised Greece with a 97-72 win berth at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It is the national team’s first trip to the Olympics since the separation of Czechoslovakia.
The third quarter. Czech Republic led by seven at halftime, but Greece weren’t going away. The Greeks cut their deficit to five points in the third before the Czechs went on a tear and outscored them 29-7 during the rest of the frame.