Only one royal, Rudy Gobert, saved France from the hole he entered and launched his team into the EuroBasket quarter-finals with a mammoth performance in Berlin against warlike Turkey: 20 points and 17 rebounds, seven of them strikes. In the U.S., long for command—won 86–87 after extra time. At the end of the final quarter, Ataman’s team had the game in hand, holding an advantage on the scoreboard and two free throws and a forward, but they were poorly entangled and left the feast door open for Gobert. France have reached the quarter-finals and will take on the winner of the duel between Serbia and Italy on Wednesday (at 6:00 pm).
The French team started with a bang on Gobert’s 2.15m. Tower of the Minnesota Timbewolves ruled in both hoops, a toothache for Sengun while Yabusele gave Sanli a hard time. The 0–7 start was assigned to a Turkish orphan of the injured Larkin, without air attack, often very unsuccessful in forced shots (first basket after four dry minutes) and especially uncertain in triples (first hit came on eighth try). ). France was at ease (4-13, 11-18, 17-31) and coach Colette turned the wheel of change: Faul inherited the intimidation with his 2.18m in the paint, Hertel on the outside and Poirier on the inside. couple. Turkey’s wrath was saved and two triples by Tuner and Osman tightened the score before the break (35–43).
And suddenly there was darkness in France. Turkey tightened its gears and the match turned into a succession of failures in both areas, with the score frozen for more than three minutes at 44–49 and a body defense atop the attacks. The tuner was turned on by triple and the Turkish army changed the script of the film. Ataman’s boys ran and ran against French Pie: 19-0, only six French points in the third quarter, seven and a half minutes without a basket in their mouth and a partial 22-6 in that stretch. France was on the ropes until Gobert emerged again and blood flowed back into the veins of a dead team (57–56). The duel turned into a three-point contest, starring M’Baye, Usmani, Fournier and Sanli. There were 59 perimeter shots (36 for the Turks) in the match.
The match continued on a path of exchange of words and Turkey found success there. There were 12 seconds left when a non-player Luvavu-Cabarot gave Ataman’s men the key to victory: two free throws and a capture as they led 77–75. But Usman missed both his attempts, then the team lost the ball and Gobert broke the rim to go into extra time. He was already the field of the French center, ubiquitous on the rebound, a magnet for each ball. Turkey responded with a triple from Osman and Korkamaz, but Gobert made the match his own. To reach the quarter-finals, France faced the last straw until the last ball was stolen by Tarpi.
Cross in the final stage of the Eurobasket.
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