Luka Doncic shines and Slovenia repels France

For a week, Cologne (Germany) is just looking forward to it. His No. 77 in the Dallas Mavericks wins hands on the shoulders of fans – not just on the shoulders of his country – and when it comes to his name, while introducing the teams, he receives a standing ovation. Among the countless NBA stars who came to play basketball at Euro 2022, Luka Doncic is a standout player – along with Greek Giannis Antetokonmo and Serbian Nikola Djokic. And it was his team from Slovenia that faced the French men’s basketball team, Wednesday, September 7, in the last meeting of the group stage. At the end of a difficult and controversial match, played by Luka Doncic, the European champions defeated the Blues (88-82).

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With 47 points, the Slovenian leader scored perhaps the greatest offensive performance in the competition’s history. Alone in front of him, Belgian Eddie Terrass scored 63 points in 1957 against Albania, but it’s hard to compare today’s basketball to that where the open-air Euro was feuding. In a coma, the Mavs player took his team to first place in Group D.. Third, the Blues will face Turkey in the Round of 16 on Saturday in Berlin (12 noon).

“If a player scores 50 points, how do you want to win the gameasks French leader Thomas Hurtl. Of course, it’s Luka Doncic, one of the best players in the world, but we have to change something. In the end, we made it more difficult for him, but in the beginning, it was very easy for him. »

“Total disrespect,” Vincent Colette denounced

However, the Blues made life difficult for the Balkan players. “We produced our best game [de la compétition] »Vincent Colette noted. Usually Olympic calm, the French coach was not angry with the refereeing, as the Slovenes are lenient with his forces, he said. “There was a complete lack of respect towards us. Tonight, I consider that we have been mistreated”The coach lamentedAnd the He denounces that the rulers have “Preventing the players from deciding the match at the end of the match.” From the start of the continental competition, if the level of play is too high, the referee sometimes leaves something to be said, and the French coach is not the first to be affected by it.

In this rematch of the semi-finals of the last Olympics, which saw the French win thanks to a last-second counter to their captain Nicolas Batum – who was absent during this campaign – the two teams delivered powerful blows.

Discover Luka Doncic Terry Tarbe. There was little chance that the Slovenian maestro would know who the Le Mans winger was before the competition, as he didn’t know some of his teammates at the Blues either, versus his all-year opposition to the NBA title. But the constant defense of the French reveal of the championship hampered, at first, Luka Doncic. The Slovenes had to wait until the sixth minute of the match to score their first basket in the match, and applied in defense, taking care of the ball in the attack, and the French started the game in earnest.

Partners “like spectators”

But they only saw the awakening of Luca under the shouts “MVP, MVP” from the audience (l Most Valuable Player, ” best player “). Great business sequence, Doncic doubled and in the break, he already got 27 points. “Luca is one of the best players in history. We are like spectators, privileged witnesses to something great. And we are doing our best to help him.” Meet his teammate Jaka Blazic.

“Luca is a great player, he has been able to raise his level of play almost like any other player, Confirms French axis Rudy Gobert. Today he got his night, some of his shots were really tough, and we have to congratulate him. » The Slovenian playmaker continued his celebration even after he was briefly damaged by the elbow of axle, Vincent Poirier, during a backlash fight. “He was so excited before the match, and he started really well. And when he starts warming up, it’s really hard to turn him off.” Expose linebacker Jaka Blazic.

In a game played as a knockout match when both teams qualified for the Round of 16, no one was able to separate their opponent sufficiently. “It was a semi-final match or a final kind of intensityadmitted Thomas Hurtle. It was also a great match for basketball fans. Very unfortunate we lost it. » Like a powerful dunk from Gobert on Doncic, the French did not allow themselves to be told at the end of the match, returning to parity two minutes after the siren. “Despite Doncic, despite the decisions, the match remained tight, and I played in the last two minutes.” Sorry for Rudy Gobert. Angry at the officials, the Blues believe they will not be able to defend their chances to the end, due to several unfavorable decisions. “In thirteen years of international competitions, I’ve never seen that before”The coach concluded.

Despite this defeat, the French national team withdrew from the very difficult Group B of the competition, and left Cologne for Berlin. After playing five games in seven days, the next two days will be welcome. “When cleaver matches start, it’s immediately different,” Captain Yvan Fournier warns, anticipating a “A strong match against Turkey in a very difficult match at the table”. If they get past the Turkish impasse, the Blues will likely face the great Serbian Nikola Djokic, the best player in the NBA. Before, who knows, Luka Doncic and the Slovenes have found themselves in the semi-finals.

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