France punches ticket for Rio Olympics beating Canada; U.S. schedule in Rio set

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France was the last team to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but they may be the second best team in the tournament.

Dominating backcourt play Sunday — with 26 points from Tony Parker and 22 from tournament MVP Nando de Colo — France beat Canada 83-74  to win the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Philippines. It was a close game against a young and improving Canadian team, but France pulled away in the fourth quarter to get the win.

That sets the field for the Rio Olympics.

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The USA are the clear gold medal favorites. France, Spain, Croatia, and Lithuania seem like other potential medal teams, but even with the USA sending a “B” team everyone else is playing for the silver.

The USA’s schedule for pool play in Rio is now set

Aug. 6: China
Aug. 8: Venezuela
Aug. 10: Australia
Aug. 12: Serbia
Aug. 14: France

From there the Olympics will enter an eight-team, single elimination tournament.