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The Dominican Republic seized control of Group A in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 by overcoming a sluggish beginning to secure an 87-82 victory against Italy. Their success was fueled by 16 successful three-point shots.

With this triumph, the Dominican Republic’s record in the group advanced to 2-0. This win was particularly significant as it marked their first victory over Italy, having previously suffered a defeat in their sole prior encounter – a 79-59 loss during the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Belgrade 2020.

“It was a good second half for us,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “Just being disciplined and finding ways to keep our World Cup lives going. Super nice way to get a win. I’m super happy for us, man.

“It was amazing. I mean it’s huge. We came in and won. Our country has been yearning for these moments, and I’m glad we’re able to give it. Next up is Angola so we gotta do it again. We have to keep fighting and keep playing like this.”

Watch the game highlights between Italy and the Dominican Republic in the First Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023: