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Group:  E | 21.07.2009, 21:15h
Group:  E | 21.07.2009, 21:15h
60-81
13 - 2616 - 2117 - 1514 - 19
13 - 2616 - 2117 - 1514 - 19
Venue: Ialysos (GRE) |
Referees: Volodymyr Drabikovskyi (UKR), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Ingus Baumanis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


France Thump Russia

France used first half outside shooting and an outstanding overall showing by Edwin Jackson second half defense to ease past Russia 81-60, remaining the only undefeated team at the U20 European Championship.


Jackson paced the 4-0 French with 24 points while Thomas Heurtel added 13 points and Lamine Sambe had 11 points as France took sole possession of first place in the qualifying round Group E.

Russia dropped to 1-3 in the group as Andriy Kirdyachkin led Alexander Vasin's team with 13 points and Viacheslav Zaytsev added 10 points in a losing effort.

France came out firing and jumped ahead 9-2. The Russians dared Jean-Aymi Toupane's men to shoot from long range and Jackson made them pay for it, hitting three treys in the first quarter and Heurtel's long ball had France ahead 26-13 after one period.

Florent Tortosa opened the second quarter with a three-pointer and the barrage continued with Huertel hitting twice more and Carl Ona-Embo also connecting from downtown to push the gap to 23 points - 44-21. Russia answered with the next six points but it was Antoine Diot's turn to hit a long ball and France led 47-29 at intermission.

Toupane's team relied on their more conventional weapon in the third quarter - defense, holding Russia scoreless for the first three minutes of the second half and opening a 51-29 lead. Sambe hit on three baskets - including one triple - as France did not let Vasin's team closer than 16 points, leading 62-46 after three periods.

Maxim Zakharov nailed back-to-back three-balls to start the fourth quarter but Jackson took over, scoring the next nine points to lead a 13-0 run for a 77-52 lead. Kirdyachkin hit the next seven points but it was way to late for Russia to challenge again.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.0%

19/50
FG
M/A

55.4%

31/56

52.0%

13/25
FG2P
M/A

58.8%

20/34

24.0%

6/25
FG3P
M/A

50.0%

11/22

53.3%

16/30
FT
M/A

57.1%

8/14

27

7/20
RT
RO/RD

35

7/28

12

AS

14

17

TO

19

7

ST

9

2

BS

0

15

PF

30

60

Pts

81

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