Slovenia to play for bronze after losing to France

Tokyo – The Slovenian men’s basketball team lost 89:90 to France in the semi-finals of their debut Olympic basketball tournament on Thursday to play for the bronze medal against Australia on Saturday at 1pm CET.

This is Slovenia’s first loss at the tournament after the team sailed through the group phase and outperformed Germany in the semi-finals.

In scoring, Slovenia were led by Mike Tobey with 23 points and Klemen Prepelič with 17 points, while NBA superstar Luka Dončić scored a triple-double, collecting 16 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists.

It was actually the first loss for Slovenia in official matches after Dončić joined the team, as they rang up 17 wins in a row, including at the 2017 EuroBasket, only to lose today to France, who will play the United States in the finals.

Slovenia had the change to win the match in the last seconds, with Prepelič attempting a lay-up, which was blocked by France’s Nicolas Batum. One possession earlier, Prepelič put Slovenia in the position for a win with a three pointer.