France, Serbia, Croatia book Rio men’s basketball spots

Rio de Janeiro, July 11 (IANS) France, Serbia and Croatia secured the last three berths in the men’s basketball event at next month’s Rio Olympics following the weekend’s final qualifiers.

France booked their place by beating Canada 83-74 in the Philippines on Sunday, steered by San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who grabbed 26 points, four assists and four rebounds, reports Xinhua.

Croatia overcame Italy 84-78 in Turin and Serbia defeated Puerto Rico 108-77 in Belgrade on Saturday.

Group A will comprise France, Serbia, US, Australia, China and Venezuela. Group B consists of Brazil, Lithuania, Spain, Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia.

The August 5 to 21 Games will be the first Olympics held in South America.

–IANS

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