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2012 Olympic Qualifier: Al Horford's Dominican Republic Squad Falls To Russia, 84-69

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After leading his team to an impressive come-from-behind victory over Korea during the preliminary round of the Olympic qualifier in Caracas, Venezuela, Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford couldn't duplicate the feat on Wednesday as his Dominican Republic squad fell to Russia by a final score of 84-69.

Horford led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action. He was 10-12 from the field and also tallied four assists and one blocked shot. Ronald Ramon was the second leader scorer with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The loss brings the Dominican Republic team to 1-1 in pool play of the qualifier.

On the Russian side, Vitaliy Fridzon and Anton Ponkrashov scored 16 points each while former NBA player Viktor Khryapa scored 14 points in the game.

For more on Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks head over to Peachtree Hoops. For more on the FIBA qualifying tournament and the London Olympics be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA page.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.