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Olympic Basketball: Lithuania Beats Dominican Republic, Headed To London

Lithuania secured their spot in the London Olympics Saturday night with a 109-83 win over the Dominican Republic in the semi-finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Lithuanian team was led by Jonas Maciulis, who scored 19 points. Jonas Valanciunas, who the Toronto Raptors drafted with the No. 5 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Lithuania led by five points after the first quarter and extended that lead to 16 at halftime. The Dominican Republic team never got closer than 13 points in the second half as Lithuania cruised into the Olympics. Lithuania shot the ball extremely well, making 39-of-61 shots including 10-of-18 3-point attempts.

Al Horford finished with 12 points and four rebounds for the Dominican Republic, but made just 4-of-14 shots. The Dominican Republic will have one more shot at an Olympic berth when they play Nigeria on Sunday. The winner will claim the final spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

For more, check out our 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament StoryStream.

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