The French U-20 team made a perfect start against Croatia in the European Basketball Championship

After beating Croatia (76-65) on Saturday, July 16 in Podgorica, the French Under-20 team, the under-19 world vice-champion, started the EuroBasket tournament well. Matthew Strazel and his colleagues want to bring a second title in this age group to France, after the 1990 generation in 2010.

All the Under-19 World Vice Champions barely lost! France under the 1920s physically dominated its position as the best European country. Even without the contribution of Victor Wimpanyama in a size XXL (born in 2004), Frederic Krebs’ men seem determined to pursue a holy European title to end their international careers. Aside from the 1990 generation of Andrew Albissi, of Paul Lacombe & Co, France has never won a title in this age group.

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Matthew Strazel and Clement Frisch, Natural Leaders

This first meeting was absolutely nothing like a healthy walk. Facing a dwindling generation of European Under-16 champions, Les Bleuets have been solid in defence. And he took advantage of Matthew Strazel already in good shape (22 points on 8/13 in shots, 4 rebounds and 1 pass for 22 ratings) to sign his first easy win (76-65). Some small jumps in concentration, and some difficulties in the defense of the area allowed the Croats to make up for their delay after returning from the locker room (-7, 38-45, 26).

But the reliability, especially at 3 points (4/7), from Villeurbannais’ rear made all the difference in the hot moments. ClĂ©ment Frisch, who was named best youngster in Pro B this season with Denain, voted on the stats sheet on all areas of the game (11 points but 4/11 on shots, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for 18 ratings).

Internal sector is still in the process of operation

Counting up to nineteen lengths in advance (38-19, 18), the 2002 generation is still in the running for this competition. Les Bleuets will have to find more solutions inside or risk punishment during ax matches. Yvan Ouedraogo’s strength is expected to rise alongside the tricolor crew. The match against Belgium on Sunday (to be watched live on La ChaĂ®ne L’Équipe at 9pm) looks like a perfect opportunity.

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Best Under-23 Player and then Best Young Player in Pro B, Clément Frisch was invaluable at the start of the competition (FIBA photo).

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Jul 16 2022 at 4:23 am

All the Under-19 World Vice Champions barely lost! France under the 1920s physically dominated its position as the best European country. Even without the contribution of Victor Wimpanyama in a size XXL (born in 2004), Frederic Krebs’ men seem determined to pursue a holy European title to end their international careers. Apart from g…

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