The Slovenian National team and the Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic are preparing for one of the prestigious basketball tournaments in Europe, the Eurobasket that will begin its action on September 1. The couple of friendly games helped the Slovenian squad to get ready for the tournament and defend their title way back five years ago. There are also a couple of games of Fiba World Cup qualifiers before heading on to the tournament. You can catch more OBN Basketball action here!
The team currently faced Turkey and Ukraine – with these two matchups they had a tight scoring game which both had only an average of 4 points differential despite the efforts of two stars in Doncic and Goran Dragic. On the good note, the squad are playing friendlies with high competitive spirit while gaining exposures, learning experience, and building chemistry. Coming into the friendly match against Serbia – as they will banner the two time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.
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Luka Doncic versus Nikola Jokic in Eurobasket Friendly Game
Slovenia defeated Serbia with the scoreline of 97-92 in overtime. The two NBA superstars puts on a shows for fans in Ljubljana as Luka Doncic tallied 34 points and 9 assists while the Serbian Joker responds with an all-around performance dished 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists giving the home team a hard-fought victory for home crowd -which ended their respective valiant efforts in an overtime thriller.
Despite four late points run by Luka Doncic to push Slovenia in the fourth quarter to win the game, his three point attempt at the buzzer would have won the game on their side but missed and sent the game into the relegation zone. During the overtime, Doncic was scoreless though he was the one who orchestrated the offense for Slovenia to clinch the 5 point victory over Serbia and Jokic all-around performance. Slovenian had two final tests by playing in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup – European Qualifiers against Estonia and in Germany before kicking on the Eurobasket against Lithuania on gameday 1.
Slovenia had a difficult task in the group stage as they were grouped with Sabonis-Valanciunas-led Lithuania, Germany, stacked team France, Hungary, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Expect a wonderful performance from the wonder boy in jersey number 77 producing a brilliant performance to lead his national team to another championship.
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