On Thursday evening, the French team concluded its summer preparations with its fourth victory in the same number of matches against Belgium at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier (90-71). Good omen, six days before the match against the Czech Republic in the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
France’s last successful rehearsal before the high stakes matches. 48 hours after their big win against Italy on Tuesday, the Blues claimed their fourth victory in four friendlies against Belgium. After a slow first quarter, Vincent Colette’s team set out to experience a very quiet second half (90-71).
In the content, it is still necessary to emphasize the beautiful three-color defense (71 points against), a torn combination (22 passes) or a good title (63% on 2 points, 11/26 on 3 points), a successful exit. Like inside duo Vincent Poirier (9 points, 12 rebounds) – Rudy Gobert (12 points, 6 rebounds), Thomas Hurtl’s scene (13 points, 6 rebounds) or Yvan Fournier’s activity (10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) Terry Tarby (8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals in 12 minutes).
The first half is two-sided
But the start was arduous, especially from a defensive standpoint. Very energetic, the Belgians quickly punished the Blues with their rhythm, particularly new ASVEL player Retin Obasohan (14 points, top scorer of the encounter). Mansu’s shot gave former Jonathan Tabo, now the most-engaged player in Belgian Lions history with 140 picks, an 11-point lead very early in the game (13-24, 8).
Without panicking, Vincent Collette’s men found a mechanism between two quarters, raised the defensive benchmark and finally found the title pass in front, after 16-3 in five minutes (29-27, 14). Whether it was Vincent Poirier or Rudi Gobert, the inner sector completely dominated the racket, like Rudi Gobert’s huge poster on Ishmael Bako. And Thomas Hurtl finished with crazy strength to take the lead by 9 units in the first half (44-35).
The intensity did not decrease when we came back from the locker room. The brilliant pass of Terry Tarbe, who proved match after match that he could pull off a short sequence, put the Blues in his way. Especially since Evan Fournier and Thomas Heurtel continued with great skill (60-40, 25, then 68-48, 28).
Dario Gerga’s men started their litter time very early, towards the end of the third quarter. The gap widened, up to +25, the French team did the same. She ended the meeting in earnest. With only a slight alert in the last minutes for Teo Maledon, who fell hard on his teeth and was knocked out after a chin hemorrhage.
Six days to prepare the Czech Republic
Preparations are complete, and Vincent Colette will announce his final group in the European Basketball Championships in the coming days, especially since two high-risk matches are about to happen by then. France hosts the Czech Republic on Wednesday 24 August (8:30 pm) before traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday 27 August (8 pm) as part of the second phase of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers. EuroBasket will follow very quickly as the competition kicks off on September 1 against the host country Germany.
Boxscore France – Belgium
Photo: Yvan Fournier/France National Team (FFBB)