Group Qual. A
Jordan – Puerto Rico 52-93
Puerto Rico breezed past Jordan in the opening game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) accounted for 20 points in the victory. Jordan suffered the second straight defeat and need to pack their bags. Puerto Rico opened the game with a 19:2 run to set the tone. They accumulated a 29:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Puerto Rico extended the lead in the second quarter. They established a 54:22 halftime buffer. Things just went from bad to worse for Jordan in this one. They never found the right tempo facing an insurmountable 32:72 deficit at the final break. Puerto Rico never looked back and coasted to the victory at the end. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) delivered 12 points, while Nathan Peavy added 11 points for the winning team. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) responded with 17 points for Jordan. Zaid Abbas had 9 points in the loss.
Group Qual. B
Venezuela – Lithuania 82-100
Lithuania tipped off their Olympic Qualifying Tournament with victory. They shot down hosting Venezuela for 1-0 record in Group B. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) came up with 28 points to lead the Baltic team. Venezuela fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Lithuania and Venezuela entered the game firing from all guns. Lively first quarter ended with the visitors holding on to a thin 23:21 lead. Lithuania started to get away in the second frame. They ensured a 49:36 halftime lead. Lithuania erupted for 31 points in the third term to secure a 16-point lead before the fourth frame. The visitors knocked down 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) posted 13 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 12 points in the win. Greivis Vasquez answered with 24 points and 7 assists for Venezuela. Oscar Torres and John Cox netted 14 points each in the loss.
Group Qual. C
South Korea – Dominican Republic 85-95
Dominican Republic earned the first win at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. They overcame South Korea in Group C. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) came up with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. South Korea had their backs against the wall heading into the game. With the loss in the starting game South Korea surged ahead in this one. They eked out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The Asian team maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They secured a 41:37 halftime lead. Dominican Republic answered with a scoring spree in the third quarter. Led by Alfred Horford Dominican Republic unleashed 34 points and secured a 6-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. They dropped 24 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) finished with 16 points and 25 rebounds, while Francisco Garcia added 13 points for the winners. Sandrin Eric (206-C/F-78, college: Seattle Pacific) answered with 21 points for South Korea. Kim Sung-Hyun tallied 14 points in the loss.
Group Qual. D
FYR Macedonia – New Zealand 84-62
FYR Macedonia stays in the race for Olympic Games ticket. They defeated New Zealand to ensure the quarterfinal birth from Group D. New Zealand suffered the first defeat at the tournament. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) came up with 23 points and 11 assists to lead the European team. FYK Macedonia surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 26:11 lead at the first break. New Zealand stopped the bleeding in the second stanza. They narrowed the gap at 13-point mark at the interval 31:44. The Tall Blacks stayed competitive throughout the third term. They trimmed the margin to 12 points at the final intermission. But FYR Macedonia unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Pero Antic (211-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Todor Gecevski added 16 points for the Balkan team. Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) responded with 11 points and 11 rebounds for New Zealand. Everard Bartlett chipped in 9 points in defeat.