MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina -- Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil and the Dominican Republic all secured berths in the semifinals of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas on Tuesday.
Puerto Rico defeated Canada 79-74, Argentina overpowered Venezuela 111-93, Brazil beat Panama 90-65 and the Dominican Republic defeated Uruguay 84-76.
The winners of Saturday's semifinals qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The third- through fifth-place finishers get to participate in a tournament for the final berths in London.
The United States had already qualified for London by winning the 2010 world championships.
The championship game is Sunday.
"In the two remaining (second-round) games, we are not going to sit back," Puerto Rico coach Flor Melendez said. "My attitude and that of my players is to win."
Guilherme had 17 points to lead Brazil (4-1), while Cesar Lima added 12 against Panama (0-5).
"The result made it look like an easy game, but there are no easy rivals," Brazil coach Ruben Magnano said.
The Dominican team, coached by Kentucky's John Calipari, hung the jersey of Edgar Sosa near the bench during the game against Uruguay (1-4). Sosa, who played at Louisville, broke his right leg Monday in a victory over Panama. Sosa is expected to be out for at least six months.
The second round continues with games Wednesday and Thursday.