If Luka Donu010diu0107 and the Slovenians needed a wake-up call at the FIBA World Cup, they got it on Sunday morning.
After bolting out to an early 14-point lead, Slovenia fell asleep and was run over by a potent German squad 100-71 at Okinawa in the final group phase game for both teams.
Slovenia and Germany already had punched their tickets to the quarterfinals by going undefeated in their first four group phase games, but Slovenia’s perfect run came to an abrupt end.
The quarterfinals start Tuesday with Slovenia’s game set for Wednesday.
Slovenia jumped out to a 25-11 lead after the first quarter, but it wasn’t going to be that easy.