The Dominican Republic won its second game in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship over Venezuela 92-89.
The Dominican team was trailing by 11 points after three quarters but pulled out a come-from-behind victory.
Al Horford scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Jack Michael Martinez recorded his second straight double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Francisco Garcia scored 10 points with zero rebounds and zero assists, and Edgar Sosa had five points and three assists. A full box score is here.
The tournament is still in group play. The top four teams from Group A will advance to the knockout rounds, culminating in the championship game on Sept. 11. The top two teams from the tournament will earn automatic bids to the 2012 Olympics in London. Teams finishing third, fourth and fifth will go to the last-chance Olympics qualifying tournament held in July 2012, just before the London summer games.
If the Dominican team beats Canada tomorrow (game at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to air on ESPN3.com), it will guarantee a spot in the next round.
John Calipari recently gave an extensive, exclusive interview to Entrevista, discussing the Dominican team and what success could mean to both him and the team. The video interview is below, via YouTube account portalbasketeria.