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Bojan Bogdanovic leads Croatia to within a game of Rio Olympics

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Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points Friday as Croatia upset Greece, 66-61 in Turin, Italy, setting up a dramatic battle with Italy for a spot in the Rio Olympics. The game, in Turin, Italy, is part of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. A win and Croatia will head to Rio. A loss and Bogdanovic will be headed to Brooklyn a bit earlier.

It was Bogdanovic's third straight game of 20 or more points, as he shot 6-of-17 overall and 2-of-8 from deep. Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks finished with nine points and nine rebounds for Greece.

in the back-and-forth game, Greece took its first lead in the third, going ahead 47-46. That advantage was short-lived though as Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric stepped up to edge Croatia back in front, 52-49, heading into the fourth quarter. They re-built a double-digit lead in the final frame and did just enough to hold off Greece. Saric who may or may not join the 76ers this season, finished with 16 and 8.

Croatia will now play Italy Saturday morning, New York time. Italy, with Andrea Bargnani, Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli, beat Croatia four days ago. If Croatia wins, it will be their first trip to the Olympics since 2008.

Here ate the highlights from Friday's game...

  • Croatia edge out Greece to reach Final - 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Italy) - FIBA.com
  • Greece v Croatia Boxscore - 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Italy) - FIBA.com