(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
France have secured the final basketball berth at the Rio Olympics following a qualifying victory over Canada.
Former European champions France have beaten Canada 83-74 in the final of an Olympic qualifying tournament to seal the last remaining basketball berth at the Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The French on Sunday joined host nation Brazil, champions the United States, Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, Australia, Serbia, Croatia, China, Venezuela and Nigeria in the Olympic event.
San Antonio Spurs playmaker Tony Parker, who has won four NBA titles with the Texan franchise, inspired France with a superb performance as he scored a game-high 26 points.
The French never looked back in a see-saw encounter after a 12-2 run late in the first half and early in the second gave them a 48-38 lead in the Philippines' capital.
Whenever Canada closed the gap, Parker responded with either an audacious three-pointer or a vicious drive through the paint past his dazzled markers.
Nando De Colo, named the tournament's most valuable player, added 22 points for France and forward Boris Diaw chipped in with nine.
Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph led the Canadians with 20 points.
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