Olympic Bid Falls Short For Dominican Republic

07/09/2012 08:07 AM

After falling to Lithuania Saturday night, the Dominican Republic had one final chance to land the country’s first Olympic bid Sunday against Nigeria, but fell just short, 88-73. The Nigerians were led by former Arizona State star and NBA veteran Ike Diogu, who scored 25 points and was named Most Valuable Player for the Tournament. Jack Michael Martinez led the Dominican team with 16 points in a losing effort.

The fourth-place finish marks the closest the country has ever come to making the Olympic basketball tournament and comes one year after John Calipari coached them to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Championship.

Calipari will now return to Lexington briefly before taking the Dominican team to Vegas for an exhibition with Team USA. While there, he will spend some time recruiting before heading to Los Angeles for the ESPY Awards.

Thomas Beisner

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