Golden State Warriors’ guard Lester Quinones has had his World Cup campaign halted in brutal fashion, with the Dominican Republic soundly beaten 112-79 by a ruthless Serbian team on Sunday.
Needing a win to advance to the quarter-finals, the Dominicans were down by 14 after the opening period and 21 by half-time against a Serbian side led by 20 points from Atlanta Hawks’ guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Golden State Warriors’ two-way contracted player Lester Quinones had 11 points in his final game at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Quinones was more productive than at times earlier in the tournament, but the same shooting struggles continued in what was a far from ideal World Cup campaign for the 22-year-old on a personal level.
He was thrust back into a starting role after his best game of the tournament against Puerto Rico on Friday, finishing the game against Serbia with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists on 4-for-14 shooting and 1-for-6 from three-point range.
Minnesota Timberwolves’ big man Karl-Anthony Towns was again the unsurprising stand out from a Dominican perspective, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the 33-point defeat.
Quinones finished the tournament by averaging 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 17 minutes per game. He shot just 27% from the field, 15% from three-point range, and recorded 1.6 turnovers per game.
After averaging over 21 points for Golden State in the team’s Summer League campaign in Las Vegas, the World Cup will surely prove a motivational factor for Quinones who enters a pivotal second season in the NBA.
The G League’s Most Improved Player agreed to a two-way contract with the Warriors just prior to the World Cup, but a strong training camp and productive preseason outings could put him in the frame for the franchise’s vacant 14th roster spot.