The quarter finals get underway

The basketball tournaments kick into high gear at the Basketball Arena


2012-8-7

The men's basketball has lined up its eight candidates for the Olympic title after the last day of the round of heats, which gave us a surprise in Group B, with Australia's victory against Russia 82-80, thanks to three points scored right at the last second. Despite the defeat, the Russians have retained their group leadership ahead of Brazil, who won the challenge against Spain 88-82. Small satisfaction for Great Britain, who avoided being at the bottom of the pile by winning 90-58 against China, defeated for the fifth time in a row. In Group A, all went according to plan: the USA ended the round unbeaten, securing a victory against Argentina 126-97, while France finished in second place, beating  Nigeria 79-73. Fourth place for Lithuania, who beat Tunisia 76-63. The quarter finals are shaping up to be very interesting given the current standings: at the top of the table, the challenge will be a South American one with Brazil vs Argentina alongside the challenge USA vs Australia; while at the bottom of the table it will be an all-European challenge: France-Spain and Russia-Lithuania. All men's tournament quarter final games are scheduled on August 8. Meanwhile, the women's tournament quarter finals will be held today. The competition will start at 2 pm (London time) with the USA looking to be the favorite in the game against Canada; the other quarter final will see Australia take on China at 4.15 pm. The last two quarter finals are scheduled in the evening: Russia-Turkey (8 pm) and France-Czech Republic (10.15 pm), with the odds being in favor of the Russians and the French.