Basketball action picked up again in Rio this morning as the quarterfinals of the tournament got underway. The United States routed Argentina 105-78, led by Kevin Durant’s 27 points in a game that wasn’t very close from the beginning. The clash also marked the end of Argentina icon Manu Ginobili’s legendary international career.
The US will meet a familiar foe in the semi-finals in Spain, who comfortably accounted for a talented France outfit by a score of 92-67. They were led by Nikola Mirotic’s 23 points and 5 rebounds. Spain find themselves yet again matched up with the US in international competition in the semifinals.
Spain beat France by 25 in a game in which Pau Gasol scored five points. Spain/USA could be a real interesting semifinal.
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) August 17, 2016
Australia continued it’s impressive run as it inches closer to it’s first Olympic medal in basketball. The Boomers thumped Lithuania 90-64, in what is becoming an increasingly familiar performance from the boys from Down Under – Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova stealing the show. Mills led with 24 points, and Delly picked up 15. The Aussies are now just one win away from clinching their first Olympic medal in the sport.
— Mashable (@mashable) August 18, 2016
Awaiting Australia in the semis are Serbia, who handily took care of Croatia, led by Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Serbs will look to counter Australia with their long lineup, and some really athletic guard play.
The battle for the gold is down to just four, with a pair of intriguing semi-final match-ups set down for Saturday morning (AEST).