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MADRID (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) – Chinese Taipei made things awkward, but Belarus prevailed 81-65 to progress to the quarter-finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women.
Upset by Cuba in their first Group D game, Belarus had to win on Wednesday to avoid elimination.
Chinese Taipei, who led Cuba in the second half before running out of steam, hit back from an early 7-2 deficit to lead 14-10.
A jump shot in the lane by Volha Padabed sparked an 8-2 run for Belarus and put them on top for good although they did not pull away.
A jumper by Lin Chi-Wen with 7:24 to play cut the Belarus advantage to 57-52.
They would get no closer.
Belarus out-rebounded Chinese Taipei 50-30.
The winners got 13 points apiece from Olga Masilionene, Yelena Leuchanka and Tatyana Troina.
A win against Brazil on Friday in the quarter-finals will give the Belarus women a spot in the Olympics for the first time.