France, Serbia progress in qualifying
Moustapha Fall helped France past Belgium as they progressed in FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying.
France and Serbia advanced to the second round of FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying with contrasting wins on Sunday.
A 23-point haul form Moustapha Fall helped France cruise past Belgium 64-49 to remain unbeaten atop Group E.
Serbia, the 2014 runners-up, needed a late three-pointer from Aleksa Avramovic to edge Austria 82-81 and secure progression from Group G with Germany.
Group F remains tight after wins by Iceland (76-75 over the Czech Republic) and Finland (75-70 over Bulgaria), while Greece are through from Group H after beating Great Britain 75-70.
In the Americas, Brazil thrashed Chile 83-58 and Canada crushed Bahamas 113-67.
Australia are through to the second round of the Asian qualifiers after beating Chinese Taipei 88-68 to earn a fourth win from as many matches, while Iran, Kazakhstan and the Philippines all improved their records to 3-1 with victories.
In the African qualifiers, Nigeria maintained their 100 per cent record in Group B with an 82-59 thrashing of Mali, Central African Republic edged out Ivory Coast in overtime to claim a first win in Group D and there were also wins for Senegal and Uganda.