Venezuela defeated Canada 79–78 in the FIBA Americas semifinal in Mexico City as a foul was called with 0.3 seconds remaining in the game which led to game-winning free-throws by guard Greg Vargas.
Venezuela has clinched their first Olympic berth since 1992. Canada has not been at the Olympics since 2000 and will face tougher teams in the road to qualification for the Summer Games next year. Canada may not have as much star talent available with the NBA season starting up again in October. This summer's Canada roster included NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, Andrew Nicholson, Anthony Bennett and Kelly Olynyk.
Venezuela was led by forward Windi Graterol's 25 points. John Cox, cousin of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, finished with 14 points on the night. Olynyk posted a game-high 34 points and 13 rebounds.
Watch Venezuela clinch a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro:
- Christopher Chavez