ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24: Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks drives around Ryan Anderson #33 of the Orlando Magic during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 24, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Al Horford led four Dominican Republic players in double figures with 24 points as John Calipari's squad went on to defeat Cuba by a score of 90-60. Horford finished with a game high 24 points as the Dominican Republic set the tone early and cruised home late. The Cuban team is one of the weakest teams in the tournament field having not finished higher than 10th since 1999.
The replay of this game can be watched online via ESPN3.com. Here is a look at the remaining schedule for the Dominican Republic in the preliminary round.
|Aug 30||Vs Cuba||W 90-60|
|Aug 31||Vs Venezuela||10:30 a.m.|
|Sept 1||Vs Canada||5:00 p.m.|
|Sept 2||Vs Brazil||5:00 p.m.|
Horford finished with 24 points and 9 rebounds on 12 of 18 shooting. The Dominican Republic jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and never really looked back. Also in double figures for the Dominican Republic were Jack Michael Martinez who finished with a double double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa finished with 14 while Charlie Villanueva added 11.
Cuba was led by Yoan Haiti who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Lisvan Valdez Maza added 15 in the loss. The Dominican Republic held Cuba to just 37 percent shooting with a 47-34 rebounding advantage.