Former Blue Devil and Northeast Conference Player of the Year
Javier Mojica and the Puerto Rico National Basketball Team came up
short in their bid for a trip to the 2008 Olympic Games over the
weekend. Mojica and his teammates, who advanced to the semi-finals
with a win over Slovenia on Friday, dropped games to Greece
(88-63) and Germany (96-82) over the weekend to finish FIBA Olympic
Qualifying Tournament in fourth place. The top three teams
qualified for the Olympics.
The team reached the semi-final round by way of a victory over Slovenia on Friday afternoon. Mojica played 15 minutes on Friday and was 3-for-3 from the field including a pair of three point baskets. He led his team with seven rebounds and was 1-for-2 from the free-throw line.
On Saturday the team lost to Greece, the host of the tournament, and then in the third-place game on Sunday they dropped a decision to Germany for the third and final qualifying spot. Mojica played 15 minutes in the loss and grabbed seven rebounds, the second-highest total for the team.
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