They are the joint-most brief group at the Basketball World Cup in China yet the Dominican Republic is demonstrating that size isn’t everything in the wake of winning both of their opening matches.
The Caribbean country flooded into the second round of the competition on Tuesday with a gutsy 70-68 triumph over the more liked Germany, to go with an opening 80-76 win over Jordan.
“Perhaps for many individuals we are the competition shock,” said their imposing voiced Argentine mentor Nestor “Che” Garcia in the wake of seeing off the Germans.
“Be that as it may, we put stock in ourselves and now we appreciate this minute.
“Be that as it may, this is just one game, this group can accomplish more things in the World Cup.”
Their place in the following round guaranteed, the 54-year-old Garcia and his unheralded men are presently evaluating relentless France on Thursday with Group G matchless quality in question.
The Dominicans’ tallest player is the 6ft 11in (210cm) focus Eloy Vargas and the normal stature of their list is 6ft 4in, as indicated by administering body FIBA measurements.
That makes them, alongside the Philippines — twice substantial failures in China — the briefest group of the 32 at the competition. The tallest is Serbia at a normal 6ft 9in.
The Dominicans will again be gazing upwards at their rivals when they face France (normal 6ft 8in), yet forward Ronald Roberts says what they lose in tallness they compensate for in different ways.
“We played with a great deal of vitality. They couldn’t coordinate the vitality the entire game and that was the greatest thing,” said Roberts, who plays club ball in France, after the Germany triumph in Shenzhen.
“We expected to bring the vitality. We’re the dark horses, we’re somewhat littler than these groups, yet we play more earnestly than these groups and that is what’s going to prop us up.”
There are a record 54 NBA players at the World Cup — however none speak to the Dominican Republic in light of the fact that Garcia is without Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Al Horford.
That makes the activity done by Garcia — a veteran of about 30 years’ instructing in South America and hitherto Spain — even more admirable.
He saw the interesting side after the success over Germany when, without an interpreter in Shenzhen, he went about as a sub to translate from Spanish into English the remarks of his player Victor Liz.
“I carried out my responsibility, I would prefer not to be an interpreter, I’ve officially completed my activity,” kidded Garcia.
Be that as it may, taking a progressively genuine turn, he gave an understanding into the manner in which that he handles his men when they are confronting misfortune — and unavoidably taller adversaries.
“Presently the world has transformed,” he stated, sounding more logician than ball mentor.
“Previously, before, on the off chance that you see, you accept. That (was) my dad’s school (thinking).
“Presently, on the off chance that you accept, you see.”
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.