Croatia, which is trying to get back into the Olympics for the first time since 2008, had its back against the wall Wednesday when it faced off against Tunisia in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin, Italy. After losing to Italy on Tuesday, despite Bojan Bogdanovic's 26 points, Croatia was in a win-or-go-home game.
But Bogdanovic came through again, scoring 25 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 1-of-3 from deep. The 6'8" shooting guard also had three rebounds and two assists. He scored on breakaway dunks as well as back-to-the-basket post moves. He hit all 12 of his free throws.
After a low-scoring first quarter that ended with the score tied at 12, Croatia started pulling away late in the second period, taking a 29-24 lead into half-time. They effectively put the game beyond Tunisia's reach for good by outscoring them 22-12 in the third, making the final frame was little more than a mere procedure.
Croatia must win again on Friday vs. Greece and Giannis Antekounmpo to continue. The Turin competition is one of three worldwide for teams seeking a last chance at Rio. The other competitions are in Manila and Belgrade. Only the winners go on to Rio.
Here's the highlights of Wednesday's game...