Against Serbia, France’s U-17 national team is perfect for the World Cup

After a failed start, which will serve as a reminder, the French U-17 men’s team completely dominated Serbia to win their first World Cup match, 81 to 68.

To enter the Men’s Under-17 World Cup, the French national team dominated Serbia. Careless during the first quarter, which ended with a 13-point lead (13-26), Bernard Fore’s players then recovered thanks to renewed aggressiveness (39 to 35 at the break) to dominate the rest of the match (63 to 49 after 30 minutes of play). ), even if everything lacks consistency, like the end of the match (81 to 68 at the end). “It is always difficult to start, against a good team and more than that, we know very well,” recalls the coach, who believes that this poor start to the match should be a “lesson” for his team.

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20 rebounds compared to 6 for the Serbs after a quarter

Two offensive times followed by a basket with a mistake. To grab the ball for the first time, Serbia set their course in the first quarter, taking a 13-point lead over 3 points from Real Madrid’s Under-16s Mitar Bosnijakovic, under the nose and beard of former coach Alexander Sarr. In addition to the score advantage (13-26), the Serbs can boast of dominating the rebound (20 vs. 6) a French team is supposed to leave no second chance. “We moved on the rebound when it was a pivot that we really wanted to hold off against the Serbs,” said Bernard Faure. This statistical advantage said a lot about the difference in aggressiveness between these two selections who were living their first official match in international competition. “I think the players put some pressure on themselves, and we showed enthusiasm,” the Loire technician admitted.

Mo Dewara in the oven and grinder

Fortunately, the French seat was able to activate the choice of three colors, such as Noah Penda. In the back, the CEOs only had to follow the supposed second knives – although the hierarchy is not fixed yet. “In fact, it was the players who did not start among the five who put us in the match,” Bernard Faure analyzed. After two 3-point baskets from Illan Piétrus and Zaccharie Risacher to start the second quarter, the match resumed (19-26). Hope the rest is Mohamed Dewara. The Parisian flank in all battles was in defense and allowed the French to finally show themselves in transition. It was he who gave the advantage to his team (31-30) in a counterattack. In harmony, the interesting Ilane Fibleuil (6 points at 3/5 in shots and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes) finished the first half with a hit after the offensive rebound (39-35), like a symbol.

Unsurprisingly, the arrival of Noah Penda revitalized the France team (Image: FIBA)

Once again frantically getting back into the game (41-42), the French found the recipe for jostling the Serbs after the break, to the point of passing 13 to 1 (49-46 to 61-47) and then counting up to 21 points ahead (75-54). Evidence of their lack of consistency, with the bench not always easy to manage for players accustomed to responsibilities at a club or in Pôle France, they have not been able to maintain this lead. The gap remains large (+13) while the margin is larger. To defeat Canada, this Sunday at 3:45pm, and indeed secure the top spot in the group – the match against New Zealand seems like a formality – it will be necessary to raise the tone even further. “Best in the game,” remembers Bernard Faure.

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What to remember from the first game of the French:

  • not in tune at first, The blueberries were able to put the ingredients What makes them successful: intensity, physical impact, and rebound control to quickly position themselves in the transition.
  • Adjust seat tone. Unsurprisingly, Noah Penda was able to revitalize his team. Logue, Pichard, Fibleuil and even Lamart have also succeeded. To be sure, executives took charge, like the extraordinary Mo Diawara in the second quarter.
  • Pacôme Dadiet, Zaccharie Risacher and Alexandre Sarr He looked shy on their first pass. The challenge shouldn’t outgrow the game, so they regained influence like Sarr in the third quarter.
  • Ilan Petros has an undeniable talent. Able to make a difference at any time, He must also be able to convince his team to play.

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Jul 2, 2022 at 5:37 am

To enter the Men’s Under-17 World Cup, the French national team dominated Serbia. Indifferent during the first quarter, which ended with a 13-point lead (13-26), Bernard Fore’s players then recovered thanks to renewed aggressiveness (39 to 35 at the break) to dominate the rest of the match (63 to 49 after 30 minutes of play). ) , M …

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