UK assistant Orlando Antigua (pictured with Alex Poythress) is coaching the Dominican national team this summer.
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader
UK assistant Orlando Antigua coached the Dominican national team to another victory Sunday. With the latest win, the Dominicans qualified for the FIBA World Cup for the first time in 35 years.
The Dominican team — which includes UK commitment Karl Towns and former Wildcat Eloy Vargas — defeated Uruguay 76-68 Sunday in Caracas, Venezuela. Antigua’s squad finished 4-0 in the second stage of the FIBA Americas tournament after going 2-2 in the first stage.
The victory allowed them to qualify for the tournament semifinals, which begin Tuesday. All four semifinalists will play in the World Cup next year in Spain. The Dominican Republic’s only other appearance in the World Cup was in 1978.
Towns did not score in 2-plus minutes off the bench Sunday. Vargas started and tallied 13 points and seven rebounds.
Towns has scored 26 points in 39 minutes over six games so far at FIBA Americas. He did not play in two games.
The 7-footer from New Jersey is UK’s only commitment in the Class of 2014.
Vargas has played in all eight games and is averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes.