Without the assistance of Houston Rockets star forward Francisco Garcia, the Dominican Republic team were playing at a disadvantage against a U.S. team that had already decisively won their first three games in Group C of the World Cup. Garcia had turned his ankle in the Dominican’s win against Finland two nights before and, although was on the bench and seemed to be warming up with his teammates, never took to the court
Even without Garcia, the Dominican Republic put up a good fight in the first quarter, attacking the U.S. net whenever they could – but they just couldn’t get past a strong U.S. defense. The first quarter ended with the U.S. team just three points ahead, 25-22.
The U.S. team were a little sluggish in the first quarter, but more than made up for it in the second, scoring 31 points to end the quarter with a good cushion, 56-41. Denver forward Kenneth Faried scored three straight baskets, Anthony Davis made a spectacular jump to knock one in, and forward Rudy Gay got the final four points of the quarter.
The U.S. team kept the pressure on for the next two quarters, scoring 25 points in each, and ended up with another game won with over 100 points, 106-71. Overall, Faried scored 16 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 13.
Speaking to the press after the game, Gay was asked about their chances of winning gold when the games head to Madrid, “Obviously we have to take care of here. Nothing’s given. We’ve worked hard, we’ve been tested and we’ve overcome that, and also got some pretty big wins.”
His teammate, Cousins, agreed, “I believe everybody felt pretty good how they played tonight. That’s what we’re going to need to continue this path.”
Final word goes to coach Mike Krzyzewski, “We felt we were going to win and how you play overall, I thought everyone left the court feeling good about how they played.”