ON a day three-time NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was slowed down by foul trouble, Dominican Republic displayed enough firepower against upset-conscious Angola.
Andres Feliz and Victor Liz combined for 30 points as Dominican Republic rolled back Angola, 75-67, in Group A to book a place in the round-of-16 in the FIBA World Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday.
Feliz, who scored 24 points in Dominican Republic’s 87-82 upset win over Italy last Aug 27, finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and six rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Liz had 13 points and eight rebounds and Angel Delgado added eight points and five rebounds.
Towns, Dominican Republic’s “Tower of Power”, was limited to eight points and two rebounds in only 15 minutes due to early foul trouble in the first quarter.
The Dominican Republic’s victory put the smile back on the Filipino fans’ faces, albeit temporarily
Angola’s second defeat in three outings left the door open for host Philippines to advance to the second round if it manages to win by at least 13 points against Italy in their game later in the night.
Angola, 80-70 winner over the Philippines last Sunday, had its finest moment in the third frame when it took the lead courtesy of Silvio De Sousa on his and-1 play,50-47 with 1:07 remaining.
Angel Delgado cut the lead to only one before the end of period, 49-50.
From there, the Dominicans quickly regained the lead 53-50, as Feliz scored four straight points at the start of fourth quarter.
After Bruno Fernando fouled out in 5:13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, De Sousa tied the game at 65-65 with 2:52 remaining before Towns, Feliz and Liz went to work
De Sousa topdcored for Angola with 19 points and nine rebounds while Fernando finished with 13 points and Gerson Domingos added 12 points for Angola.
Jilson Bango chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Dominican Republic (75) – Feliz 17, Liz 13, Delgado 8, Towns 8, Quiñones 7, Solano 6, Peña 5, Montero 4, Vargas 3, Figueroa 2, Mendoza 2
Angola (67) – De Sousa 19, Fernando 13, Domingos 12, Bango 11, Dundao 9, Kokila 2, Goncalves 1, Monteiro 0, Maconda 0, Fernandes 0, Paulo 0, Francisco 0
Quarterscores: 20-11, 37-32, 49-50, 75-67.