|Alexandre Chassang registered a double-double in points and rebounds to help France avoid an upset of historical proportions|
By Jared Grellet
Denmark were unable to hold on for their first victory at the Samsung U18 European Championship, losing to France, 67-61, in their opening game of the Classification Round for 13th-15th place.
With 22 points and 10 rebounds, Rasmus Larsen was doing his best to give Denmark what would have been a famous victory, including providing his only assist of the night on a Gabriel Lundberg three-pointer which handed the Danish the lead with three-and-a-half minutes remaining.
But after helping put his team in the lead, Larsen was not able to help his team keep it, missing his four final shots as France restricted the Danes to two points in the last three minutes.
Benjamin Sene led French scoring with 14 points whilst Alexandre Chassang managed a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Earlier in the day, Germany took a first step towards remaining in Division A next season defeating Poland, 64-54.
Germany were not having everything go their own way however, finding themselves trailing by two points going into the final quarter after being restricted to five points in the third period.
However, it was Poland's turn to struggle offensively in the final quarter as they managed just four points in the first five minutes, allowing Germany to escape with the win.
Malik Muller was the biggest contributor for Germany with 11 points, while Dominic Lockhart had 10.
Poland's Jarkub Garbacz lead all scoring with 14 points.
On Tuesday, Germany take on France and Denmark play Poland.