Luka Doncic and the Slovenian National Team kicked off their attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games with a dominant 118-68 destruction of Angola. Luka continued his dominance as a playmaker with 9 assists in only 17 minutes of game play. In the two international games he has played this summer Doncic totaled 26 assists in 45 minutes of game play.
Luka scored 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the floor, 1 of 5 shooting from 3-point range and 4 of 5 free throw shooting. The free throw shooting is encouraging; during the playoffs, his free throw shooting was quite poor.
Luka also chipped in six rebounds and an impressive five steals during his limited minutes. Luka has always been a dominant rebounder for a guard but the steals could be a sign of things to come as new coach Jason Kidd’s aggressive defensive schemes should allow for Mavericks players to play the passing lanes more.
Zoran Dragic was actually the leading scorer for Slovenia as he scored 16 points in 22 minutes of action. The Slovenian scoring attack was incredibly balanced as eight players scored in double figures and 10 players scored at least eight points.
Angola was led by Yanick Moreira with 15 points on 5 of 17 shooting. They simply did not have the talent to compete with the superior Slovenian team, especially on a night where Slovenia shot 18 for 39 from 3-point range for 46 percent.
Slovenia plays again tomorrow against a much better Poland teams . Poland beat Angola 83-64 yesterday. The win makes it a lock that Slovenia will advance past the group stage and play in the knockout stage which begins on July 3rd. Should they win their first knockout stage game, they would play in the final held on July 4th.