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09 Aug 2012

The magnificent four

USA, Argentina, Spain and Russia are the semifinalists of the men's basketball tournament

Following the quarter finals held yesterday, the North Greenwich Arena court declared the names of the four men's basketball tournament semifinalists. In the first match of the day, Russia went ahead in the first quarter of play and then owned the game against Lithuania, winning 83-74. Excellent performance by the Russian Andrei Kirilenko, who scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The second quarter final was Spain vs France, which turned out to be a hard-fought battle. The result hung in the balance right from the start when France, who only scored 6 points in the last quarter of play, was dominated by Spain, who secured a victory 66-59. On the other side of the table, the South American derby was won by Argentina, who beat Brazil 82-77. The game was very balanced and the Argentineans managed to defend the ten point margin gained in the third quarter of play right until the end. In the semifinals, Argentina will take on the United States, who beat Australia 119-86 in the last quarter final of the day, with Kobe Bryant in tip-top condition. Both semifinals will be held on Friday, August 10: Russia-Spain at 5 pm and Argentina-USA at 9 pm. Today is the day of the women's tournament semifinals. At 5 pm, Australia will attempt to pull off a feat against the United States, gold medal in the last four editions of the Games. In the other semifinal, at 9 pm, France will take on Russia, which they had already faced and beaten in the qualification round. Both teams scraped through the quarter finals and the game should be very well balanced.