Australia tops Czechs 82-70, heads to World Cup semifinals


Australia qualifies for Basketball World Cup semi-finals for the first time with Czech Republic win

The Aussie Boomers have qualified for the Basketball World Cup semi-finals for the first time, after defeating Czech Republic 82-70 in China.

Chris Goulding scored 14 and Andrew Bogut added 10 for Australia, which will meet Spain in Friday's semifinals.

Awaiting the victor in the decider will be one of France and Argentina, after both teams managed huge quarter-final upsets to oust the United States and Serbia respectively. France ousted the two-time defending World Cup champion USA 89-79 in another quarterfinal earlier Wednesday. Tomas Satoransky was one rebound shy of the first triple-double in World Cup history - he finished with 13 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds.

This was Australia's sixth straight match win in China, and in doing so, they avoided becoming the latest surprise casualty at this unpredictable World Cup.

Serbia, the Czech Republic, Poland plus the FIBA World Cup Second Round participants Lithuania, Italy, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, as well as the best teams from the Classification Round 17-32, Germany, New Zealand, Tunisia, Canada and Turkey will compete in those four tournaments. It marks the first time in a World Cup that neither the U.S. or Serbia - or formerly Yugoslavia - have not featured in the final four.

All eight quarterfinalists have two games remaining. Serbia, the US, the Czechs and Poland will play to decide fifth through eighth place - with those spots decided on Saturday in Beijing.

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