Australia's basketball men have sealed their place at next year's Olympics after New Zealand let a 15-point lead slip during their tournament-ending defeat to Greece in the World Cup.
Brian Goorjian's Boomers, who had already made the second group stage at the global tournament, knew they also would also bank qualification for next year's Paris showpiece as the top Oceanian team should their trans-Tasman rivals succumb in their final Group C match in Manila on Wednesday.
But for long spells in their eventual 83-74 defeat, it looked as if the Paris qualification battle would continue as New Zealand appeared on course to earn their own place in the second group stage.
They surprisingly dominated the first half of the contest against a Greek side featuring Thanasis Antetokounmpo, brother of NBA superstar Giannis.
New Zealand, with no NBA players in their line-up in the absence of Steven Adams, began in inspired fashion, racing into a 43-28 lead which was only pegged back to 43-32 by halftime.
The Greeks, inspired by Ioannis Papapetrou and Giannoulis Larentzakis, forced their way back into the contest but a late flurry in the third quarter still enabled the Kiwis to go into the final quarter four points ahead at 54-50.
The New Zealanders' fate, though, was effectively sealed at the start of the final stretch as the Greeks reeled off the first nine points, leaving them to have to play catch-up for the rest of the contest, with the favourites eventually forging away to a relatively straightforward nine-point victory.
The victory, which featured 27 points from Papapetrou, ensured Greece made it into the next stage alongside the US, who enjoyed another simple triumph in Manila, hammering Jordan 110-62 to ease to 3-0 and finish atop Group C.