Calipari-led Dominican Republic comes back from 20 down, now one win away from Olympics

John Calipari is attempting to lead the Dominican Republic National basketball team to its first Olympic appearance.

Down 37-17 to Macedonia with four minutes remaining in the first half, John Calipari's Dominican Republic squad rallied to take an 86-76 victory in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela.

Led by former U of L star and current Sacramento King Francisco Garcia's 28 points (on the strength of four made 3-pointers), the Dominican team dominated the second stanza on its way to the quarterfinal win.

"I've coached a lot of basketball games in my life, a bunch of Final Fours and national championship games, and this one will be one of those games I remember," Calipari said after the game. "We were down 20 with a lot at stake and we still came back and won. I'm just really happy for the players and the team because they just showed a lot of pride, a lot of guts and a lot of toughness."

The Dominicans play Lithuania on Saturday night in one semifinal match-up, with the winner earning a spot in the 2012 Summer Games. If the Dominicans prevail, it would be the team's first-ever appearance in the Olympics.

Eric Lindsey of CoachCal.com has the full story.

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