“Can we call a miracle”: reactions after France and Italy

The French national team came out once again from an amazing position against Italy to reach the quarter-finals of the European Basketball Championship (93-85 starting points). Look for key reactions after the match.

Andrew Bessie: We play almost the same match against Turkey. It’s unbelievable, we always manage to get out of the trap. But hey, we’re going to save the victory and if there are matches like that to the end, I’ll take it. It’s a great victory, we went for it. Italy is not worth it. We said to each other on the bench, ‘We have an impossible chance’. Usually, Fontecchio does not miss his free throws with the game he plays. In two such games, we could be called miracle workers. We start the third half well even if the momentum is in their favour. They took advantage of the opportunity and put our heads under the water. Fortunately, we were able to start over on the basics and managed to get some big shots. Extension does us a lot and we knew that in a comeback like this, the dynamism would be on our side. It changes a lot of things. »

Evan Fournier
Yvan Fournier and the Blues are once again a prodigy, reaching the last four games of the European Basketball Championship. (Photo: FIBA)

Evan Fournier: “We have to stop having that air pocket where we’re still and then put ourselves in complicated situations. In five minutes, there was everything: losing the ball, not defensively withdrawing, defensive fouls and offensive rebounds. Total! We lose our rhythm and some balls. We start hesitating. Our title ran out. It’s little Berezina for a few minutes and we really have to fix that. I don’t know what the feeling is after this match but I want to be positive and tell myself we can be so strong. It’s frustrating to see we’re playing like this for a few minutes. You can dominate everyone in a game when you play well for 40 minutes. Personally I’ve been a bit like the team. I start well and then I have an air pocket. The game was very stagnant. I imposed positions and no longer had a title. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle.”

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Guerschon Yabusele: “It’s already been two games in a row! On the pitch, there’s a lot of pressure. Even my mum doesn’t watch matches anymore, it’s causing her a lot of stress. Simon Fontechio making 0 out of 2 on free throws is an opportunity. We managed to keep our focus until the end to fight The match is in time. We won, I’m happy. However, we will really have to review where we had problems. In the third quarter we still had an air pocket and we had to correct it. We started the game well but we lost 7 balls in the second quarter, it’s Too many. In the third quarter, I didn’t see, but it was already too much. We let Italy back into the game and at this level the teams regain confidence and the match gets complicated quickly. We were very lucky and we know that. We will try not to make the same mistakes again in the half The final. We have two games left, we really need to focus. It’s the home straight and we’re going to give it our all.”

Rudy Gobert
With 19 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gobert was still a very important component of the Blues. (Photo: FIBA)

Rudy Gobert: “I don’t really believe in luck. I don’t think you need luck when you’re seven points behind and two minutes and 20 left to win the match. You have to stop defensively and you have to score. In this game, that’s what we’ve been able to do. Would I like to go up by 20?” A point early in the game when we have 11 points in the lead? Yes, I would because there is room for improvement for us. We have to maintain the same level of consistency and aggressiveness throughout the game. We know that basketball is a sequential sport. Italy is a very good team They pushed us to our limits. In the last minutes we were able to tighten our defense even more to get extra time. We were a little surprised by their aggressiveness. They were very brave. For myself, I often looked at the referees hoping they would help me, but no… It was on Everyone has to find themselves. In the end our level of concentration was good and I found that we were the aggressors at the end of the game. We are excited. Of course we are happy. We will play the semi-finals of the European Basketball Championship and we are two games away from the gold medal. We will focus on the next opponent. Anyone. It’s one game at a time now.”

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Sep 14, 2022 at 9:02 am

Andrew Bessie: We play almost the same match against Turkey. It’s unbelievable, we always manage to get out of the trap. But hey, we’re going to save the victory and if there are matches like that to the end, I’ll take it. It’s a great victory, we went for it. Italy is not worth it. We were talking about…

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