Canadian centre Tristan Thompson registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Canada out-steadied the Tall Blacks, who lost starting centre Isaac Fotu to a calf injury early in the game.
This was bared by France team captain Boris Diaw, former San Antonio Spurs player traded to Utah Jazz during a post-game press conference late Saturday evening.
Nando de Colo, France's other starting guard, also came up big, capping his stellar performance throughout the tournament with 22 points and an MVP award. Former Spurs guard Cory Joseph scored 20 points and dished out six assists for Canada.
Group B is Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and Nigeria.
The basketball schedule for the Rio Games has been released, and the United States now knows what its path to a third straight gold would look like.
France booked their place in the Rio 2016 men's basketball competition by beating Canada in the final of the qualification tournament in Manila today.
Puerto Rico head coach Eddie Casiano, who was a team-mate of a young Arroyo on the national team for two years, was visibly emotional as he spoke to Puerto Rico daily El Nuevo Dia.
France and Canada face off for the crown and a ticket to the Rio Games at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Canada and France lived up to the billing as the tournament favorites as both teams cleared all the obstacles along the way to arrange an intriguing final showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. "I'm very proud of my team, the way that we fought, not just this game, but the whole tournament, throughout the summer". "We've got some great talent in our country and I appreciate the sacrifices our players made and it was unfortunate we couldn't get the win and have these guys rewarded with becoming Olympians". Bojan Bogdanovic hit a three-pointer with 1:14 left in overtime to help Croatia return to the Games for the first time since Beijing 2008. The Canadian team shot just 20 percent from behind the three-point arc in the team's semifinal win over New Zealand, and in the last three games, has shot just 23 percent from deep.