Turkey beat Belarus in a close one
Turkey keep their Olympic hopes alive as they stay 2-2 with a 74-71 win over Belarus. This loss puts Belarus at 1-3 for the tournament. The close game was decided by Isil Alben’s two free throws with 13 seconds left on the clock. This game was a nail-biter throughout, as no team led by double digits at any point during the game.
France defeat host team Brazil by double digits
The losses for host team Brazil continue to add on as they fall to 0-4 in a 74-64 defeat to the French. What started off as a Brazilian lead of seven points due to a 0-for-5 shooting start for the French, quickly diminished as the game became tied by the end of the first quarter. France took advantage of some sloppy offense by the Brazilians in the second quarter and took the lead. The lead was extended to double digits in the third, and Brazil were never able to rebound back. Gaelle Skrela led the scoreboard for France with 18 points.
Liz Cambage scores 37 on Japan
It took a full effort from Australia’s Liz Cambage to beat Japan. Her 37 points, tied for the third highest scoring Olympic performance for women’s basketball, led the Booners to a 92-86 win over Japan. Japan were actually leading at the beginning of the fourth by 16 points, thanks to Ramu Tokashiki, who scored 23 points in the game. Cambage scored 16 of her 37 in the fourth quarter to put Australia on a 31-9 run and end the game with a six point lead.