Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Al Horford and the Dominican Republic didn't have the
easiest time shaking off the stubborn Koreans.

Lithuania entered the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Day 2 with a hard-fought and emotional 94-78 win over hosts Venezuela.

The Europeans jumped to a 14-4 lead early in the game behind the sweet shooting of Linas Kleiza (28 points), but the Venezuelans responded like a tidal wave, riding their crowd to a 24-23 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

It was tight until Sarunas Jasikevicius (11 points, 7 assists) sparked a 13-2 Lithuania run to finish the first half.

Try as Greivis Vasquez (24 points, 7 assists) might, he couldn’t overcome that margin as Lithuania answered repeated challenges to put one foot in the quarterfinals.

Venezuela now likely requires Lithuania to defeat Nigeria in the final Group B game to qualify for the knockout stage.

After their huge loss against Russia, few gave Korea any chance of troubling the Dominican Republic without star point guard Yang Dong-Geun.

But reserve Kim Tae-Sul (13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) ran the show superbly and the Koreans led by seven points midway through the third quarter.

Korean center Lee Seung-Jun (21 points, 6 rebounds) picked up his fourth foul shortly after, however, and the already dominant Dominican Republic big men took over the game.

Al Horford (30 points, 12 rebounds) and Jack-Michael Martinez (16 point, 25 rebounds) were outstanding as their country won the rebound count, 58-28, and secured a 95-85 Group C victory that ended Korea’s campaign.

In the other games, a 12-1 burst over the first five minutes gave the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia control over New Zealand, and they never let up on route to an 84-62 win.

While the Tall Blacks closed to eight points early in the last quarter and got good service from centre Alex Pledger (11 points, 11 rebounds), the efforts of Bo McCalebb (23 points, 11 assists) and Pero Antic (17 points, 10 rebounds) proved too much.

New Zealand must now defeat Angola by 13points or more to stay alive in their quest for a spot at the London Olympics.

Puerto Rico ensured passage to the quarterfinals with an easy 93-52 win over Jordan.

Peter John Ramos (20 points, 9 rebounds) led five players in double figures for the Americans, while Sam Daghles (17 points, 7 rebounds) was the lone bright spot for Jordan.

Puerto Rico plays Greece on Day 3 to decide first place in Group A.

Bo McCalebb kept Macedonia's hopes alive
for a spot in the London Olympics.
Linas Kleiza led the Lithuanians over the tough
hosts, Venezuela.
Peter John Ramos of Puerto Rico went virtually
unchallenged in the paint against Jordan.

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