Hosts Spain eliminated in FIBA World Cup

Posted at Sep 11 2014 01:53 PM | Updated as of Sep 11 2014 09:53 PM

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Huge upsets lit up the FIBA Basketball World Cup as France defeated hosts Spain, 65-52, while Serbia thumped Brazil, 84-56, to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.

Initially favored to simply stroll into an anticipated title bout with the United States, the Spaniards were stunned by a French side missing several top players, including four-time NBA champion Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

France led from start to finish in a physical encounter which even threatened to boil over in the third quarter when a scuffle broke out on the court.

The French pulled away in a tense finish as forward Boris Diaw led the charge with 15 points and five rebounds.

Meanwhile, Serbia, which squeezed through the preliminary group stage, produced a second successive upset in the knockout rounds and brushed aside the Brazilians after they eliminated Greece in the round of 16.

Led by Milos Teodosic, the game's top scorer with 23 points and four assists, the Serbs never looked back after they engineered a 21-2 run. -- Dateline Philippines, ANC, September 11, 2014.