The United States won the gold medals in both men’s and women’s basketball events. It shows the pure dominance of Team USA in basketball. The semi-finals were amazing to watch.
Gold Medal: United States vs France: ( 87-82 ).
United States hold of France to win gold at the Olympics. Nothing much to separate the 2 teams. The first and second quarters saw United States taking a 5 points lead with [ 22-18 ], [ 22-21 ] respectively. 3rd quarter also was taken by united Stated but only by 3 points [ 27-24 ]. From which France could not recover. They won the 4th quarter but it was not enough [ 16-19 ].
Bronze Medal: Australia vs Slovenia: ( 107-93 ).
Bronze for Australia as Slovenia could not catch up. The first quarter was pretty equal with [ 20-19 ] in Australia’s favor. It was the second quarter that decided the game with Australia outscoring Slovenia [ 33-26 ]. The second half saw a similar story. Slovenia not even winning 1 quarter with [ 25-22 ] and [ 29-26 ] the 3rd and 4th quarter scores.
Gold Medal: United States vs Japan: ( 90-75 ).
One-sided affair as the host did not look to improve. A 9 points [ 23-14 ] lead in the 1st quarter for USA made the intention clear. The second quarter was equal [ 27-25 ]. But again in the 3rd quarter USA increased their advantage [ 25-17 ]. THe fourth quarter was won by Japan but it was too little, too late.
Bronze Medal: France vs Serbia: ( 91-76 ).
Similar game to the above one. France completely dominated the game. The first quarter was won by Serbia with [ 19-23 ]. Then it was [ 24-17 ], [ 27-16 ], and [ 24-20 ] for the Franch team to take down Serbia.