Japan is one win away from getting back to the Olympics.
Makoto Hiejima scored 23 points, Yuta Watanabe added 21 and Japan roared back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to beat Venezuela 86-77 on Thursday in a classification round game at the Basketball World Cup in Okinawa, Japan.
Yuki Kawamura scored 19 for Japan (2-2), which would clinch a berth in the Paris Olympics with a win over Cape Verde on Saturday.
Garlo Sojo led Venezuela (0-4) with 20 points, and Nestor Colmenares added 17.
A win Saturday would give Japan its second consecutive Olympic berth. The team played in the Tokyo Games two summers ago as the host nation, but fans could not attend because of restrictions related to the pandemic.
FINLAND 100, CAPE VERDE 77
At Okinawa, Lauri Markkanen scored 34 points and Finland (1-3) got its first win of the World Cup.
Ivan Almeida led Cape Verde (1-3) with 17 points.
SOUTH SUDAN 87, PHILIPPINES 68
At Manila, Carlik Jones nearly had a triple-double — 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds — as South Sudan (2-2) kept alive in the race to take the automatic Olympic qualifying berth from the African region.
Jordan Clarkson scored 24 for the Philippines (0-4).
FRANCE 82, IRAN 55
At Jakarta, France got 13 points from Elie Okobo and 12 from Nando De Colo to improve to 2-2 and now has a chance to leave this World Cup with a winning record.
Rudy Gobert returned from an ankle issue and had nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks for France. Benham Yakhchali and Meisam Mirzaei led Iran (0-4) with 11 points apiece.
CHINA 83, ANGOLA 76
At Manila, Hu Jinqiu scored 20 points for China (1-3). Childe Dundao led Angola (1-3) with 17 points.