Dirk is taking his German team to Beijing.
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Three More Make it to Beijing
Croatia, Greece and Germany have qualified for the 2008 Olympics with their performance at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, which took place July 14-20.
Greece, the same squad that upset the United States and won silver at the 2006 World Championships, cruised through the tournament, winning their four games by an average of 32.3 points. They defeated Puerto Rico by 25 in the semifinals to qualify for the Olympics.
Croatia also needed just four games to qualify. Led by Marko Tomas, they beat Germany by six in the semifinals to book their trip to Beijing.
After that loss, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman and the Germans needed to beat Puerto Rico in the third place game, and they did so handily, 96-82. Nowitzki led all scorers with 32 points in that contest, and he was also the tournament's leading scorer, averaging 26.6 points per game.
After the completion of the Qualifying Tournament, Greece and Germany were drawn into Group B of the Olympic Men's Basketball competition, joining powerhouses USA and Spain. Croatia was drawn into Group A, where they'll face Argentina and Russia in the preliminary round.
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The twelve teams were divided into four groups of three.|
Each team played the other two teams in its group in the preliminary round. The top two teams in each group after those games advanced to the quarterfinals.
The remaining eight teams took part in a single-elimination tournament.
The semifinal winners advanced to the Olympics but did not take part in a championship game.
The semifinal losers played each other to determine the third qualifier for the Olympics.
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|Preliminary Round: Camaroon, Cape Verde, Korea and Lebanon eliminated.
Croatia 83, Canada 62
Puerto Rico 81, Slovenia 70
Germany 78, Brazil 65
Greece 75, New Zealand 48
Croatia 76, Germany 70
Greece 88, Puerto Rico 63
Germany 96, Puerto Rico 82