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I’m not ready to go home — Karl-Anthony Towns

NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns no doubt, had a wonderful time competing in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which saw the Dominican Republic top the group stage en route to reaching the second round.

The Dominicana scored victories over Gilas Pilipinas, Angola and Italy en route to sweeping Group A and reaching the next phase.

The Towns-led foreign national squad in fact, became part of FIBA history as their game against Gilas established a new record crowd attendance of 38,115 fans who witnessed the tournament's opening game held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Karl-Anthony Towns AFP PHOTO

The Dominican Republic though saw its World Cup title campaign come to an end after losses to Italy, 102-97, followed by a 112-79 humiliation at the hands of Serbia on Sunday night.

“There's so many in my mind because of these guys,” Towns told media men, when asked what highlights he could share as far his World Cup experience in Manila is concerned.

“My teammates made this experience so fun. I think that's why this hurts so bad. I'm not ready to go home. I wanna be with my guys, I wanna be able to hang out with them, I wanna be able to laugh with them, to have more moments. It was devastating to not be able to play basketball with these guys.”

Towns tried carrying the fight for the Dominicana, erupting for 27 points. But Serbian and NBA gunner Bogdan Bogdanovic just couldn't be denied, firing 20, while Vanja Marinkovic and Nikola Milutinov had 16 points apiece for Serbia as they put an abrupt end to the Dominican Republic's World Cup title quest.

Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves superstar, admittedly was saddened by his team's exit, yet, was consoled by the fact that they represented their country well in the World Cup.

“I hope we made all the families back home proud. I hope that we brought hope to a country that was told that coming here we wouldn't be anything,” said the three-time NBA All-Star.

“I hope we showed the girls and boys back home that our country's full of basketball talent and we are one of the best countries in the world for basketball. We showed anything's possible. We showed everything's possible. I'm proud of everyone of the guys in the locker room,” he added.

“I'm so proud of them, all of them, I mean some of the finest basketball in my life I played in this tournament. I hope that fans enjoyed it, obviously I hope for our country, for all the families that needed something to cheer and something to love and something to be proud of. I hope we did that.”

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