In the two European based tournaments, this is a day of rest before we move to the semi-final stage, but in Manila, there is still a lot of excitement to look out for with the final day of the group stages. There is one more semi-final space up for grabs and the final placings of another group is still to be resolved.
2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Manila
It was a close run thing in the Group A game on Wednesday night but Canada prevailed and they have now booked their spot in the knockout round of the Manila qualification process. The game finished Canada 58 – 55 Senegal, so there wasn’t much in it but with 4 points after their two games, Canada top the group and can look forward to Saturday’s semi-final.
The hosts were downed once again in Group B with the game finishing Philippines 80 v New Zealand 89, and this result concludes the hosts hopes of making it to Rio.
Thursday 7th July 1130am BST Senegal v Turkey
With both of these teams on 1 points, this is a winner takes all clash and Turkey should have the edge. The fact that yesterday was a day of rest for the Turkish side will be of benefit to them, and if you are looking to back Turkey to join Canada in the semi-final stage, you can back them at -7, at odds of 1.83. With the Over/Under market, you should look to go UNDER 140.5, which is on offer at odds of 1.83. Bet Now!
Thursday 7th July 2pm BST New Zealand v France
All three of the teams in Group B are locked on 2 points but with New Zealand and France still to play, and the loser guaranteed to bag one point, both of these teams have qualified. The winner of the game tops the group while the loser will face Canada in the semi-final.
France should have more than enough about them to claim this game and taking the French at -15.5, available at odds of 1.83, should ensure you have an interest in the game. For the Over/Under market, look to go UNDER 155.5, available at odds of 1.83. Bet Now!
2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Belgrade
Both of the groups in Belgrade are now complete with four teams looking forward to the knockout stage. Group A concluded on Wednesday night with the hosts enjoying a thumping win over Angola, who finished bottom of the group and now head home.
Angola 60 v 83 Serbia was the score line and the thumping margin of victory was just an added bonus with Serbia topping the group with 4 points while Puerto Rico also booked their knockout stage spot by bagging 3 points. The Angolans return home with 2 points after their two defeats.
Group B has also concluded with Czech Republic claiming second spot behind group winners Latvia. The final score on Wednesday was Czech Republic 87 v 71 Japan, and this result leaves the Japanese at the foot of the table and heading home with 2 points after two games. The Latvian side grabbed 4 points and the Czech Republic earned 3 points from their two games.
On the 8th of July, the two Belgrade semi-finals are as follows:
- Serbia v Czech Republic
- Latvia v Puerto Rico
The two winning sides will battle it out in the final on Saturday to see which side is heading to Rio for the Olympic Games.
2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Turin
The 4 semi-finalists in Turin are also now known as the group stages concluded on Wednesday night. Group A was already decided before the Wednesday night clash between Mexico and Greece but top spot in the group was up for grabs. The final score was Mexico 70 v 86 Greece which ensured Greece were the top team, taking 4 points from their two games. Mexico bagged 3 points from their two games and Iran headed home after two losses and 2 points.
In Group B, Croatia defeated Tunisia by a score of Croatia 72 v 52 Tunisia to claim the second spot in the group behind the hosts. Italy topped the group with 4 points from their two games, Croatia ended up with 3 points from their two games and Tunisia return home with 2 points from their two games.
On the 8th of July, the two Turin semi-finals will be:
- Greece v Croatia
- Italy v Mexico
The two triumphant semi-final teams will contest the final on Sunday with a spot in Rio up for grabs.