By Jared Grellet
|Mouhammadou Jaiteh and France are one win away from securing their Division A status for next year|
France have seen off some stiff Danish resistance 76-70 to go within 40 minutes of confirming their place in Division A next year at the Samsung U18 European Championship.
Denmark looked en route to cause an upset following a strong opening half but they faded badly in the third quarter, with France starting the frame on a 17-6 run to assume control for the closing stages.
Germany remain a chance of staying in Division A at the expense of France, defeating Poland 74-52 to improve their record in the playoff round to three-and-one.
Poland provided plenty of competition for the Germans in the opening two quarters to be holding a one-point lead at half-time.
However, Germany pulled away in following the break with Poland managing just five points in the third quarter.
Damian Jeszke was the only Polish player to make double figures, scoring 13 points.
The loss means Poland remain the only team yet to record a win in the championship.
Germany's showdown against France on Saturday is now shaping up as a virtual final to see what team will avoid joining Poland and Denmark in Division B next season.