Clumsy on free throws (11/25), dominated rebounding (54 taken to 36), lacking creators/leaders and hampered by defending opponent’s area, the French men’s under-17 team lost 68-53 in the semi-finals of the World Cup against Spain. The French national team will play the small final on Sunday against Lithuania, which lost to the United States.
Decisive local atmosphere
Started by Kilian Malwaya Despite the local atmosphere, which was inevitably hostile to him, the French team started the match well. It started very well. She led 8 to 1 after 4 minutes of play, a sign of her great defense. But the errors began to recede and the Spanish machine was modified. The area’s defense, with the excellent Aday Mara (2.20 m) in the middle, greatly hampered the fluidity of the French offensive. At the break, the locals were logically ahead (32 to 30). However, Blueberry was more invasive in the third quarter, also causing several fouls, to take out Mara and then his inner sector friend, Izan El Mansa. Only, the many free throws fired in the road weighed heavy, and Bernard Faure’s men only led 48 for 46 with 10 minutes left. In this context, such a small gap could not allow the tricolor to withstand a Spanish team capable of falling into ecstasy, thanks to the large audience that came to the Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena. Very frantic, with a lack of leaders, the baloyt completely dominated the conclusion of the meeting (5-22 in the last quarter), which explains the final big gap (-15).
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After such a difficult defeat, the France team will have to find the mental and physical resources to beat the bronze against Lithuania. Lithuania, who did not expect much from their encounter against the United States, had finished their game earlier. Last year, the Baltic states snatched away the French in the Euro Challengers U16 final. Will they be able to do the same on Sunday? Start replying at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday.
Coach Bernard Faure’s reaction:
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, and the crowd pushed … We lacked confidence, we were frantic, and you were seen in the free throws. In the area, we had a lack of patience. We have good chances to come back and pass up front – we passed in front -, when we are in +4, that the coach is taking a timeout, I think the change is not far from happening … We have two / three chances to score, we do not score, then we doubt a little, we look at the clock, we do not make the right choices in attack We did not pass the ball correctly , and above all we didn’t have any retrieve balls. We wanted to get them to pull back defensively, and we didn’t control the defensive bounce enough. We scratched some balls in defense but it’s not enough to play quickly. We asked our goalkeepers to push the ball and it was Elijah (Lamart) who He pushed it better, Theo (Pechard) slowed down the game, Ilan (Peters) too… I think the stronger team this (Saturday) won. We’re not far away, I think the score doesn’t reflect the gap between the two teams, but the moment it should be Well and the room grows, you make mistakes.”
What do we remember from the France-Spain match?
- The 11/25 in free throws The weight of the des Bleuets will be heavy in the scale.
- French national team Failed to control defensive rebound (20 defensive rebounds vs. 15 opposing offensive rebounds). In total, she averaged 18 rebounds from the belots.
- The leaders were very conservative, in particular Zaccharie Risacher, is underused but not very active to take on offensive responsibilities. The Asfeel winger attempted only 3 shots in 29 minutes.
- Noah Penda succeeded in returning to the gameHe played 18 minutes this Saturday for 5 points and 5 rebounds.
- Spanish basketball appears to be one step ahead of French basketball, despite the strong French potential being piled up.
Jul 9, 2022 at 10:43 am