France qualify for the semifinals thanks to the success against Italy (93-85) after extra time

France qualify for the semifinals thanks to the success against Italy (93-85) after extra time

France qualify for the semifinals thanks to the success against Italy (93-85) after extra time

Frenchmen Rudy Gobert and Terry Tarpey face Italian Simone Fontecchio during Euro basketball, in Berlin (Germany), 14 September 2022.

Miracles follow one another: the French basketball players snatched qualification for the semi-finals of the Basketball Euros 2022 on Wednesday 14 September by beating Italy (93-85) in extra time in Berlin.

“It’s been twice now”blew up the captain, Evan Fournier, who scored 17 points during the game. “We have to stop having this vacuum in which we do nothing”he added in reference to the Blues’ disastrous third quarter.

The dream of Vincent Collet’s men to win the continental title remains intact. And here they are for the third consecutive time in the semifinals of an important tournament, after the bronze medal of the 2019 World Cup and the silver of the Tokyo Games last summer.

The Blues, Olympic runners-up, will face Slovenia or Poland in the semifinals on Friday at 5.15pm. These two teams will meet on Wednesday evening from 20:30.

Read also: Basketball Euro 2022: Terry Tarpey, little known but fundamental player for the Blues

“Bullets lost”

However, once again, they no longer had their fate in their hands. Like Saturday, the Turkish Cedi Osman, Simone Fontecchio – who scored 21 points – missed the two free throws that could have pushed the Azzurri away sixteen seconds from the siren (77-75). And like Saturday, the Blues offered five minutes of extension, drawing on the last possession (77-77).

If miracles follow one another, so do the air pockets in the third quarter. A 17-3 immediately (from 53-45 to 56-62) allowed the Azzurri to take the lead for the first time in the match. “In five minutes there was everything, loss of balls, no retirements, no rebounds”Evan Fournier listed.

A stone’s throw from a potential title, Vincent Collet’s men are already European champions of turnovers in this tournament (almost 16 on average per game), their ” Fishing “, stressed Vincent Collet – a confessed sin but not yet corrected.

The Blues offered too many sweets to the Italians (17 balls lost before extra time) while depriving themselves of shots. They owe a lot of their survival to their leader Thomas Heurtel, who signed a great game, scoring 20 points and 8 assists.

Read also: Article reserved for our members At Euro basketball, the controversial reinforcement of naturalized players

The world with AFP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.