Spain-Finland, the semi-finals of the Valencia pre-Olympic event | Basketball | Sports | EUROtoday

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Finland shall be Spain's opponent on Saturday within the semi-finals of the pre-Olympic event in Valencia after defeating Poland 88-89 on Thursday. The Poles dominated a lot of the match, however let their lead slip away within the final quarter (17-29). Finland made it to the semi-finals regardless of not having its star participant, Lauri Markkanen, who’s out for this event. Jantunen with 20 factors and Madsen with 18 had been essentially the most excellent. Meanwhile, Lebanon defeated Angola 70-74 and can play in opposition to the Bahamas for a spot within the last.

Slovenia had been on the ropes within the pre-Olympic event in Athens after dropping to Croatia on the primary day. In Thursday's decisive match in opposition to New Zealand, their star participant, Luka Doncic, got here to the rescue. He scored 36 factors, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to seal a 78-104 victory and qualify for the semi-finals. The Slovenian staff, nonetheless, couldn’t get sufficient of a lead (Doncic would have solely transformed a three-point try within the final second) to prime the group, so they are going to face the host staff, Giannis Antetokounmpo's Greece, within the semi-finals. The Greeks beat Egypt 93-71 with out the assistance of their star participant, who rested. In the opposite semi-final, Croatia will face the Dominican Republic.

In the pre-Olympic video games in Riga, the semi-finals shall be Brazil-Philippines and Latvia-Cameroon. Georgia and Montenegro had been eradicated.

Eight groups have already certified for the Paris Games: France, the United States, Germany, Serbia, Canada, Japan, South Sudan and Australia. The different 4 would be the winners of the 4 pre-Olympic tournaments happening this week (Valencia, Athens, Riga and San Juan).

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