Luka Doncic ejected in first game in Manila at Fiba World Cup
MANILA, Philippines—Luka Doncic’s first game in Manila came to an abrupt end on Wednesday night.
With Slovenia down big, 92-77, Doncic got ejected with still 6:37 left in the game after picking up his second technical foul for arguing a non-call on a shot attempt against Canada’s Lu Dort.
Doncic finished with 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field in close to 30 minutes of action. He had 25 through three quarters.
Canada, led by its own NBA star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, steamrolled Slovenia in the second half en route to a 100-89 win to secure a spot in the Fiba World Cup semifinals for the first time.
Gilgeous-Alexander outshone Doncic in their keenly-awaited duel, posting game-highs of 31 points and 10 rebounds.
The Canadians, who knocked off defending champion Spain in the second round in Jakarta before flying to Manila, battle Serbia on Friday for a ticket to the final.
Doncic got tossed just 29 seconds after Canada’s Dillon Brooks was ejected for taunting.
The 24-year-old Doncic was called for his first technical foul also for disputing a non-call at the five-minute mark of the second quarter.
The loss relegated Slovenia to the classification phase for the fifth to eighth places. The Slovenians take on Lithuania on Thursday.