China, Philippines to play for 2016 Olympic berth


China and the Philippines will play for the final 2016 Rio Olympic berth in men’s basketball awarded this summer.

The teams will meet in the FIBA Asia Championship final tomorrow.

China got there by beating Iran, 70-57, in a semifinal. Andray Blatche (22 points and 13 rebounds) led the Philippines to an 81-70 win over Japan in the other semifinal.

While the tournament champion advances to Rio, the runner-up, Iran and Japan will play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments next summer. Those three six-team tournaments will each produce an Olympic berth.