MANILA, Philippines-Elie Okobo scored 13 factors and Nando De Colo added 12 as France despatched Iran’s Olympic dream to a shattering finish after tallying a runaway 82-55 victory within the 2023 FIBA World Cup on the Indonesia Enviornment in Jakarta.
The Iranians bowed out of competition for the subsequent yr’s Paris Olympics, becoming a member of Gilas Pilipinas and Jordan on the beeline for the exits, all of them dropping their video games in the beginning of the classification spherical on Thursday evening.
Along with Gilas and Jordan, Iran plummeted to its fourth consecutive defeat in as many outings.
Behnam Yakhchali and Meisam Mirzael led the best way with 11 factors apiece for the Iranians, who missed Hamed Haddadi as a consequence of an ankle sprain towards defending champion Spain on Wednesday evening.
Japan is forward of the footrace to clinch that lone Asian spot to Paris after chalking up its second win on the expense of Venezuela in Group O held in Okinawa, Japan.
China’s 83-76 breakthrough conquer Angola in Group M at Araneta Coliseum and Lebanon’s 94-84 win towards Ivory Coast in Group P gave them a mathematical probability of nonetheless making it to Paris.
A victory by Japan over Cape Verde on Saturday will extinguish any hopes that China and Lebanon had in punching a ticket to the Olympics.
With Asia Cup MVP Wael Arakji on the bench resting a hurting ankle, Amir Saoud rose to the event with 29 factors and eight assists for the Lebanese.
Omari Spellman likewise got here out along with his best efficiency after 4 outings, sinking an important three atop the arc with 53 seconds remaining to complete with 29 factors.
Spellman’s triple hit the entrance finish of the rim and bounced off the glass earlier than trickling in, giving Lebanon an 89-84 cushion that finally broke the resolve of the Ivorians.
Jean Philippe Dally fired 21 factors and Patrick Tape added 15 for the Fiba Africa runners-up, who opened their stint with a setback within the stage the place the seventeenth to thirty second rankings shall be decided.
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