Slovenia keeps building its momentum and seems destined to make it easily out of group play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. An 89-68 victory against Mexico on Sunday was the second step in doing so, and like the first, it had everything to do with Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic and his brother, Zoran.
The older Dragic scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting and also tallied six dimes. Zoran one-upped Goran with a 22-point outburst, hitting all eight of his field goal attempts, including four three-pointers.
The attention Goran has received has been well-utilized by Zoran and the rest of a Slovenian team that shot 60 percent overall and 48 percent from the FIBA three-point arc.
Take a look at the shot-chart on the right, and it’s clear the Slovenians are playing some sort of Morey-ball; only threes and shots at the rim with few mid-range jumpers.
It’s easy to say that it’s working and that Dragic and Co. can walk out of their group unscathed. Mexico isn’t the strongest of opponents, after all, and was led by Gustavo Ayon‘s 23 points.
Slovenia will take a day off before resuming action on Tuesday against Korea. They’ll face Angola on Wednesday before lining up against the strongest team in their group, Lithuania, where the big man duo of Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas will test their interior — that could shed some light on how far Slovenia can go when tournament play begins. Ayon’s dominance offensively (he hit all nine shots) on Sunday wasn’t the best of signs in terms of interior defense is concerned.
Nonetheless, Dragic and Dragic could be held back in that final group game. They should already have locked their team into advancing through to the 16-team tournament, though seeding could still be important.