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08 Aug 2012

First games at the North Greenwich Arena

The names of the four men's basketball tournament semifinalists will be known today

There are great expectations for the quarter finals of the men's basketball tournament, which mark the handover between the Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena. It will all kick off at 2 pm (London time) with Russia-Lithuania to continue in the afternoon with France-Spain (4.15 pm). In the evening, the all-South American challenge will be on with Brazil vs Argentina; while the great basketball day will be wrapped up at 10.15 pm with the USA against Australia. Meanwhile, the women's tournament quarter finals were played yesterday, with the last London 2012 games held in the Basketball Arena. At the top of the table, Australia prevailed over China thanks to a last quarter played at the highest level. In the end, the Australians won 75-60 and will now progress to the semifinal to take on the USA, against which they played the final of the last three Olympic editions. The American players didn't encounter any problems in the challenge against Canada, beaten 91-48. At the bottom of the table, the games were very well balanced: Russia beat Turkey right at the end, 66-63, with both teams being pretty much even throughout the whole match; in the last quarter final, France was the underdog for much of the game against the Czech Republic, but then managed to turn it around and win 71-68. The semifinals, Australia-USA and Russia-France, will be held on August 9 at the North Greenwich Arena.