Brazil, Argentina claim Olympic basketball berths
Saturday, September 10, 2011
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) -- Brazil and Argentina picked up victories Saturday to claim berths in next year's London Olympics.
Brazil beat the Dominican Republic 83-76, and Argentina edged Puerto Rico 81-79 in the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball qualifying for the Americas.
The two finalists meet Sunday and qualify automatically for London. The third through fifth-place teams earn spots in a qualifying tournament just before the games, which will award several more berths for London. Venezuela claimed the fifth-place spot.
The United States won the world championship last year and has already qualified for London.