Dominican Republic defeats the Philippines to advance to the semis

With a great offensive display by Victor Liz, Mike Torres and Gelvis Solano plus a dominant third period, the Dominicans defeated the Philippines and booked their ticket to the semifinals to face Italy.

The Dominican Republic national team defeated the Philippines 94-67 to close Group A with a victory that gives them a pass to the semifinals of the FIBA pre-Olympic tournament.

The Dominicans were led by 23 points from Victor Liz, 21 from Gelvis Solano and 20 from Mike Torres, and collectively shot 49% from the field.

The Philippines had their biggest advantage in the middle of the second half when they put the game 33-25, but thanks to the offense of Torres and Liz, the Dominicans were able to finish with a deficit of only two points, thanks to a triple by Liz at the end of the first half and was left with 14 points at that time for his personal account.

Mike Torres tied the score at 45 points apiece with 8:04 minutes left to play in the third period with a big steal and using his speed to get around the backboard.

From then on the Dominican dominance was total, winning the third quarter 26-10 and the last period 29-16, with that figure being the best of the tournament in a quarter so far for the Dominicans.

Despite showing against Serbia that the Dominican weakness is in the paint, they were able to beat the Filipinos 39-32 in the rebounding battle and had 22 assists in the duel.

For the Philippines the best scorer was Jordan Timohty Heading with 16 points, and they say goodbye to the tournament with two losses.

Angel Núñez scored 13 points and Jonathan Araujo had 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the Dominican Republic, who will face Italy in the semifinal match.

In the other key, Serbia, who finished the group phase with 2-0, will face Puerto Rico on Saturday, July 3.

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