Czech Republic85-73

23-25, 15-13, 28-15, 19-20

France

 

Date: 23.09.2003, 21:30hGroup:  AVenue:   Pyrgos (GRE) Spectators: 700
Referees:  Serge De Coster (BEL), Tomas Jasevicius (LTU)
TEAM LEADERS
Czech Republic France
Lucie Blahuskova (22)PtsCatherine Melain (19), Audrey Sauret-Gillespie (19)
Lucie Blahuskova (8)RebEdwige Lawson-Wade (5), Elodie Godin (5)
Ivana Vecerová (7)ASCatherine Melain (6)
Hana Horakova (4)STAudrey Sauret-Gillespie (3), Catherine Melain (3)
Hana Horakova (2)BSNathalie Lesdema (2)

GAME REPORT

23.09.2003
Czech Republic 85 France 73

Defending champions France are in danger of crashing out of the European Championships in the group stage after becoming the latest victims of the unbeaten Czech Republic.

The Czechs, knotted at 38-38 at half-time, exploded for 28 third quarter points to lead by 15 going into the fourth quarter and didn't allow Les Bleues back into the game.

The French must now regroup and get ready to play Greece, a side they will be looking to beat to assure themselves of a place in the last eight.

"The Czech team was superior in all aspects of the game," admitted French coach Alain Jardel. "I hope they go far in the competition because they have a magnificent team."

Jan Bobrovsky, the Czech coach, said: "We are excited. The French team are difficult to play. The third quarter was the difference and we played great defence and played fast-break basketball.

"In the fourth quarter we were able to protect our lead."

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Audrey Sauret (FRA) and Romana Hamzova (CZE)
Bobrovsky is now officially in charge of one of the surprise teams this summer.

The Czech Republic have not been talked about like potential champions, although they were clearly deemed to be a good basketball team counted upon to make it past the group stage.

They have yet to lose in Group A, though.

"We're not thinking too far ahead," said Zuzana Klimezova. "We still have lots of games to play and one loss in the quarter-finals and you are out of the tournament."

No one has come close to beating them, even though they have been forced to go without centre Kamila Vodickova of the Seattle Storm.

She averaged 17 points and more than nine rebounds a game as the Czechs went unbeaten in qualifying.

Vodickova was hurt in the latter part of the WNBA season and wasn't able to take part in the championships.

Lucie Blahuskova, the player who has shouldered much of the scoring load with the absence of Vodickova, was sensational against the French with 22 points and eight rebounds. 

Cathy Melain and Audrey Sauret, the French co-captains, scored 19 points apiece.

COACH QUOTES

23.09.2003
Quotes France - Czech Republic

Jan Bobrovsky, Head Coach, Czech Republic

"We are excited. The French team are difficult to play. The third quarter was the difference and we played great defense and played fast break basketball. In the 4th quarter we were able to protect our lead."

"We are excited but there are still many games to play."

Zuzana Klimezova, Czech Republic

"This was a great team performance, with lots of energy and everyone working. Everyone came to play and was motivated."

"We're not thinking too far ahead. We still have lots of games to play and one loss in the quarter-finals and you are out of the tournament."

Alain Jardel, Head Coach, France

"The Czech team was superior in all aspects of the game.  I hope they go far in the competition because they have a magnificent team."

"I'm not too unhappy because the Czechs are the tournament favourites. I'm thinking about tomorrow's games."

Top performers

Czech Republic France

Lucie Blahuskova

 

Catherine Melain

22Pts19
8Reb2
1AS6
1ST3
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Czech Republic France
30/61FG M/A26/54
22/44 (50.0%) FG2P M/A23/43 (53.5%)
8/17 (47.1%) FG3P M/A3/11 (27.3%)
17/19 (89.5%) FT M/A18/19 (94.7%)
27 (12-15) Reb (O-D) 25 (10-15)
20AS15
16TO16
11ST13
3BS3
21PF19
85Pts73

PHOTO GALLERY

CZECH REPUBLIC
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Veselá, J. 255/1050.05/862.50/20.05/5100.02241220215
5Vecerová, I. 321/425.01/333.30/10.01/250.0426710043
6Uhrová, M. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000010010
7Hartigová, M. DNP
8Bednárová, M. DNP
9Horakova, H. 345/1145.53/742.92/450.00/00.00115042412
10Hamzova, R. 244/580.00/00.04/580.02/2100.01343520414
11Feranciková, M. 325/1145.54/850.01/333.31/1100.01233301112
12Borecká, I. DNP
13Blahuskova, L. 357/1546.77/1546.70/00.08/988.94481110422
14Gudzaraidze, Z. 133/560.02/366.71/250.00/00.0011021017
15Vitecková, E. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000011000
TOTAL30/ 6149.222/ 4450.08/ 1747.117/1989.512152720161132185
FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Dumerc, C. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0101110000
5Le Dréan, S. 212/540.02/540.00/00.00/00.0000000034
6Melain, C. 334/944.44/850.00/10.011/1291.70226530219
7Lawson-Wade, E. 202/633.32/450.00/20.00/00.0235322134
8Gomis, E. 31/250.00/00.01/250.00/00.0000001003
9Sauret-Gillespie, A. 407/1546.75/955.62/633.33/3100.01235530219
10Lesdema, N. 234/666.74/666.70/00.00/00.0314012228
11Ndongue, E. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0101000010
12Tonnerre, D. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
13Dijon, S. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011000020
14Godin, E. 160/10.00/10.00/00.04/4100.0235000014
15Antibe, N. 326/1060.06/1060.00/00.00/00.00330220212
TOTAL26/ 5448.123/ 4353.53/ 1127.318/1994.710152515161331973
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Czech Republic France

Lucie Blahuskova

 

Catherine Melain

22Pts19
8Reb2
1AS6
1ST3
0BS0
35Min33

TEAM STATS

Czech Republic France
30/61FG M/A26/54
22/44 (50.0%) FG2P M/A23/43 (53.5%)
8/17 (47.1%) FG3P M/A3/11 (27.3%)
17/19 (89.5%) FT M/A18/19 (94.7%)
27 (12-15) Reb (O-D) 25 (10-15)
20AS15
16TO16
11ST13
3BS3
21PF19
85Pts73