Greece, Italy make sure of Olympic qualifying at Eurobasket

Greece, Italy make sure of Olympic qualifying at Eurobasket

LILLE, France (AP) — Greece rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Latvia 97-90 & complete fifth in the European basketball championship on Thursday.

Italy beat the Czech Republic 85-70 to place sixth.

FIBA said there would be no playoff for fifth place since both Greece & Italy advanced to an Olympic qualifying tournament with their victories on Thursday.

p>Greece placed fifth because of its higher ranking by the sport's ruling body.

Latvia & the Czech Republic will play for seventh place that guarantees a spot in Olympic qualifying.

The losing semifinalists moreover will take part in Olympic qualifying, while the two finalists earn direct slots at the Olympic tournament next year in Rio de Janeiro.

Spain plays France after Thursday in the first semifinal.

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