|Hugo Invernizzi provided France with an excellent offensive option from the perimeter by making the most of whatever open looks he got |
France managed to forget their poor showing in Group A and started the Second Round with a convincing 81-62 victory against Russia, who had been undefeated up to this point.
The French side decided the outcome of the game on defence, with the team's big men doing an excellent job of closing down the lanes and limiting the opponents to 41% shooting from the field.
Hugo Invernizzi hit five of six three-pointers to lead the winners with 19 points while Leo Westermann managed to bounce back after a poor performance in the last game against Serbia and finished the game with 17 points and six assists.
Aleksandr Gudumak and Alexander Razumov had 12 points each for Russia, but the team's leader Vladislav Trushkin was limited to only a single point.
The French team earned its first victory in the Second Round after finishing third in Group A, while Russia started the Second Round with two victories and now stand 2-1.