Slovenia68-58

12-15, 18-17, 23-12, 15-14

France

 

Date: 18.09.2005, 17:30hGroup:  CVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 5900
Referees:  Virginijus Dovidavicius (LTU), Grzegorz Ziemblicki (POL), Ivo Dolinek (CZE)
TEAM LEADERS
Slovenia France
Jaka Lakovic (18)PtsBoris Diaw (16)
Radoslav Nesterovic (10)RebFlorent Pietrus (9)
Bostjan Nachbar (3), Jaka Lakovic (3)ASBoris Diaw (3)
Sani Becirovic (2)ST4 players tied with 2
BSFrédéric Weis (2)

GAME REPORT

18.09.2005
Slovenia Reach Quarters

Once again the "Pionir" arena hosted an historic event in European basketball on Sunday.

Thousands of Slovenians were left celebrating after their national side qualified for the EuroBasket quarter-finals for the first time following a 68-58 win over France to finish on top of Group C with a perfect 3-0 record.

"I congratulate all my players for what they have shown here in the first three days of the games," said Slovenia coach Ales Pipan.

"All credit goes to them. I would also like to thank to the wonderful fans who cheered for us for three days."

Slovenian fans
Slovenia have received a massive boost from their fans in Belgrade
The same fans stayed for many minutes after the game to cheer for their team.

France's fans may have thought they would be the ones cheering after the first half, though.

Slovenia went the first two minutes and 20 seconds without scoring a point.

They finally got on the board when Bostjan Nachbar sank his first three-pointer of the night.

The lead switched hands six times during the first 10 minutes, and an arrow from downtown by Sanya Giffa in the closing seconds gave France a 15-12 lead when the buzzer sounded.

Antoine Rigaudeau, the veteran who helped France claim a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics, came off the bench to score five points in four minutes to cover for Tony Parker, who continued to struggle in this tournament. The San Antonio Spurs guard was 0-6 from the floor in the first half.

Jaka Lakovic was out of his rhythm in the first half for Slovenia, too, and that helped France take a 32-28 lead into the changing rooms, with Boris Diaw scoring Les Bleus' last four points of the half.

France managed to stay on top for three more minutes after the restart until Nachbar's mid-range jumper from the right gave Slovenia a 37-36 advantage.

A Sani Becirovic jump shot and two Lakovic free throws gave Slovenia a 41-36 lead and completed a 9-0 run the French never recovered from.

Pipan's players found their basketball karma, and once again showed their great passing game, rebounding tough defence.

France had no one to offer other than Diaw, and against a superb team it takes much more than that.

Despite the loss France, will play in the elimination round after finishing the first stage with a 1-2 record, but they must wait for the result of the game between Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina to find out their final ranking.

France missed Mickael Pietrus, who had to rest due to a knee injury, but suffered an even bigger absence on court in the shape of Parker, who once again finished the game with only two points after making just one of 12 shots.

Les Bleus, who lost to Greece in their opener before coming from behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, had another bad night from the line where they made only 10 out of 21.

They were even worse from three-point land, draining four of 17 shots.

The rebounding, as usual, was crucial. France held their own in the first half, but in the second half Slovenia had total domination under their basket.

The winners held a 45-39 lead in rebounds at the end of the game.

"We tried to fight, but we had to fight 40 minutes to win and we didn't do that," said Rigaudeau.

"We made two to three mistakes and let the Slovenians take control of the game."

Lakovic may have suffered a bad first half but after doubling his six points from the first 20 minutes in the third quarter, he opened the last quarter with another three-pointer from the corner to give Slovenia their first double digit lead at 56-44.

That is when Slovenia's fans started their celebrations.

Lakovic finished with 18 points, Radoslav Nesterovic had the first double-double of Group C with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nachbar scored nine.

Boris Diaw once again led the French side with 16 points and seven rebounds (although he was a woeful 0 of 11 from the free throw line), while Antoine Rigaudeau had 12 points.

Top performers

Slovenia France

Radoslav Nesterovic

 

Mickael Gelabale

12Pts6
10Reb3
0AS2
1ST2
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Slovenia France
22/56FG M/A22/58
17/42 (40.5%) FG2P M/A18/41 (43.9%)
5/14 (35.7%) FG3P M/A4/17 (23.5%)
19/35 (54.3%) FT M/A10/21 (47.6%)
45 (12-33) Reb (O-D) 39 (6-33)
11AS8
15TO16
5ST10
0BS3
22PF28
68Pts58

PHOTO GALLERY

SLOVENIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Jurak, G. 282/728.62/728.60/00.04/666.7246221048
*5Lakovic, J. 324/944.41/425.03/560.07/1070.01343400418
6Capin, A. DNP
*7Becirovic, S. 292/728.62/450.00/30.05/1050.0011232049
*8Nesterovic, R. 306/1154.56/1154.50/00.00/00.019100010312
9Joksimovic, N. DNP
*10Nachbar, B. 344/1233.33/837.51/425.00/00.0055321029
11Lorbek, E. 122/450.01/250.01/250.01/250.0235010006
12Milic, M. 201/333.31/333.30/00.01/1100.0246120033
13Maravic, M. 50/00.00/00.00/00.01/425.0101000001
14Slokar, U. DNP
15Brezec, P. 101/333.31/333.30/00.00/20.0112010022
TEAM/COACH23500
TOTAL22/ 5639.317/ 4240.55/ 1435.719/3554.31233451115502268
FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Fauthoux, F. 21/1100.00/00.01/1100.00/00.0011000003
*5Gelabale, M. 352/540.02/450.00/10.02/2100.0033202036
6Rigaudeau, A. 164/850.02/366.72/540.02/2100.00221200512
7Julian, C. 122/450.02/450.00/00.02/2100.0101022046
8Pietrus, M. DNP
*9Parker, T. 281/128.31/1010.00/20.00/00.0112111032
10Diarra, M. 140/30.00/20.00/10.00/00.0011102010
*11Pietrus, F. 253/650.03/475.00/20.02/2100.0279050058
12Schmitt, J. DNP
*13Diaw, B. 358/1747.18/1361.50/40.00/110.01673321216
*14Weis, F. 210/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0055020240
15Giffa, S. 111/1100.00/00.01/1100.02/2100.0134011015
TEAM/COACH04400
TOTAL22/ 5837.918/ 4143.94/ 1723.510/2147.6633398161032858
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

Slovenia France

Radoslav Nesterovic

 

Mickael Gelabale

12Pts6
10Reb3
0AS2
1ST2
0BS0
30Min35

TEAM STATS

Slovenia France
22/56FG M/A22/58
17/42 (40.5%) FG2P M/A18/41 (43.9%)
5/14 (35.7%) FG3P M/A4/17 (23.5%)
19/35 (54.3%) FT M/A10/21 (47.6%)
45 (12-33) Reb (O-D) 39 (6-33)
11AS8
15TO16
5ST10
0BS3
22PF28
68Pts58

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeSLOVENIAScoreFRANCE
09:43   14 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus
09:434 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:43 0 - 1 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2)
09:43 0 - 2 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:274 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   8 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound
09:27   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
09:06   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:497 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:49   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
08:42 0 - 4 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:2410 B. Nachbar Turnover (Bad Pass)   
08:24   9 T. Parker Steal
08:215 J. Lakovic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
08:10   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus
07:57   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:574 G. Jurak Def. Rebound   
07:3910 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Becirovic 
3 - 4 
07:31   11 F. Pietrus Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Offensive foul)
07:124 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 J. Lakovic 
5 - 4 
06:53   11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
06:538 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   
06:4610 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
06:46   9 T. Parker Def. Rebound
06:39 5 - 6 11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale
06:208 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 G. Jurak 
7 - 6 
05:587 S. Becirovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
05:48 7 - 8 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
05:345 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 9 - 8 
05:11   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:114 G. Jurak Steal   
04:544 G. Jurak Turnover (Bad Pass)   5 M. Gelabale Steal
04:54   Team Def. Rebound
04:327 S. Becirovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
04:32Substitution: 7 S. Becirovic out,
12 M. Milic in 
  
04:32 9 - 9 5 M. Gelabale Free throw MADE(1/2)
04:32 9 - 10 5 M. Gelabale Free throw MADE(2/2)
04:3012 M. Milic Turnover (Bad Pass)   13 B. Diaw Steal
04:17   9 T. Parker Turnover (Out of bounds)
03:544 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:54   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
03:39 9 - 12 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:22   9 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
03:138 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
02:5013 B. Diaw Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:50Team Def. Rebound   
02:355 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:3212 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
02:32   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/2)
02:328 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(2/2)
02:055 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:05   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
01:55   11 F. Pietrus Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Offensive foul)
01:55Substitution: 4 G. Jurak out,
11 E. Lorbek in 
  
01:3810 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:38   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
01:15   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 T. Parker
01:00   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:008 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   
00:4612 M. Milic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 11 - 12 
00:46   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
00:46   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
15 S. Giffa in
00:4612 M. Milic Free throw MADE(1/1) 12 - 12 
00:27 12 - 15 15 S. Giffa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale
00:045 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:04   15 S. Giffa Def. Rebound
00:00   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeSLOVENIAScoreFRANCE
09:3811 E. Lorbek 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 J. Lakovic 
14 - 15 
09:2012 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
09:20   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/2)
09:2012 M. Milic Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(2/2)
09:07   15 S. Giffa Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:07   Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in
08:5310 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:53Team Off. Rebound   
08:4410 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 16 - 15 
08:3210 B. Nachbar Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
08:32 16 - 16 15 S. Giffa Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:32 16 - 17 15 S. Giffa Free throw MADE(2/2)
08:165 J. Lakovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
08:10   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
08:1012 M. Milic Def. Rebound   
08:02   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
08:0211 E. Lorbek Free throw missed(1/2)   
08:0211 E. Lorbek Free throw MADE(2/2) 17 - 17 
07:41   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
07:4111 E. Lorbek Def. Rebound   
07:305 J. Lakovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
07:30   15 S. Giffa Steal
07:25   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 C. Julian
07:2515 P. Brezec Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
07:25   Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
07:25 17 - 18 7 C. Julian Free throw MADE(1/2)
07:25 17 - 19 7 C. Julian Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:1612 M. Milic Turnover (Bad Pass)   7 C. Julian Steal
07:16   Team Def. Rebound
07:16Timeout   
07:16   Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
10 M. Diarra in
06:58   7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
06:5811 E. Lorbek Def. Rebound   
06:3610 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 P. Brezec 
  
06:36   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
06:1810 B. Nachbar Turnover (Bad Pass)   
06:11 17 - 21 7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 A. Rigaudeau
05:55   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
05:55Substitution: 10 B. Nachbar out,
13 M. Maravic in 
  
05:555 J. Lakovic Free throw missed(1/2)   
05:555 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 18 - 21 
05:30   10 M. Diarra 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 S. Giffa
05:19 18 - 23 6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:0011 E. Lorbek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 M. Milic 
21 - 23 
04:44 21 - 25 7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:295 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 24 - 25 
04:12 24 - 28 6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Diarra
03:515 J. Lakovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   10 M. Diarra Steal
03:515 J. Lakovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
03:32   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:3211 E. Lorbek Def. Rebound   
03:29   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
03:29Substitution: 5 J. Lakovic out,
7 S. Becirovic in 
  
03:2913 M. Maravic Free throw missed(1/2)   
03:2913 M. Maravic Free throw MADE(2/2) 25 - 28 
03:14   6 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Travelling)
03:14   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
9 T. Parker in
02:5315 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 27 - 28 
02:40   7 C. Julian Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
7 C. Julian Turnover (Offensive foul)
02:40Timeout   
02:40   Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
13 B. Diaw in
02:2715 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:27Team Off. Rebound   
02:27   9 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)
02:277 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 28 - 28 
02:277 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)   15 S. Giffa Def. Rebound
02:16 28 - 30 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:4912 M. Milic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 M. Milic 
  
01:3311 E. Lorbek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:33   15 S. Giffa Def. Rebound
01:27 28 - 32 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:0915 P. Brezec Turnover (Ball Handling)   
01:09   7 C. Julian Steal
01:0115 P. Brezec Def. Rebound   7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
01:00   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)
01:00Substitution: 12 M. Milic out,
10 B. Nachbar in 
  
01:00   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in
01:0015 P. Brezec Free throw missed(1/2)   
01:0015 P. Brezec Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 11 E. Lorbek 
  
00:5115 P. Brezec 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 11 E. Lorbek 
  
00:51   14 F. Weis block
00:5011 E. Lorbek 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 M. Maravic 
  
00:50   10 M. Diarra Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 1st)
00:5013 M. Maravic Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:5013 M. Maravic Free throw missed(2/2)   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
00:37   15 S. Giffa Turnover (Other)
00:377 S. Becirovic Steal   
00:3311 E. Lorbek Turnover (Bad Pass)   13 B. Diaw Steal
00:3115 P. Brezec Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
00:31   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/2)
00:31   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(2/2)
00:30Team Def. Rebound   
00:30Timeout   
00:30Substitution: 13 M. Maravic out,
5 J. Lakovic in 
  
00:0410 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 30 - 32 
TimeSLOVENIAScoreFRANCE
09:46 30 - 34 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
09:468 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:468 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/1)
09:31   11 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
09:314 G. Jurak Free throw MADE(1/2) 31 - 34 
09:314 G. Jurak Free throw MADE(2/2) 32 - 34 
09:214 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
09:10   14 F. Weis Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
14 F. Weis Turnover (Offensive foul)
08:5510 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:55   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
08:494 G. Jurak Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
08:49   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/2)
08:498 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(2/2)
08:327 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:32   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
08:17 32 - 36 11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
07:548 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 34 - 36 
07:33   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:3310 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   
07:255 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
07:238 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
07:0813 B. Diaw Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
07:085 J. Lakovic Def. Rebound   
07:034 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:58   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Other)
06:587 S. Becirovic Steal   
06:55   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
06:557 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 35 - 36 
06:557 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 4 G. Jurak 
  
06:4710 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 37 - 36 
06:30   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:307 S. Becirovic Def. Rebound   
06:134 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
06:13   14 F. Weis block
06:11   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
05:45   5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:454 G. Jurak Def. Rebound   
05:29Timeout   
05:295 J. Lakovic Offensive Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
5 J. Lakovic Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
05:10   5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:1010 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   
04:528 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 J. Lakovic 
  
04:457 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 39 - 36 
04:27   11 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:275 J. Lakovic Def. Rebound   
04:15   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
04:15   Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in
04:15   Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
04:155 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 40 - 36 
04:155 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 41 - 36 
04:03 41 - 38 6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:52   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
03:527 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 42 - 38 
03:527 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)   8 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound
03:50   Team Def. Rebound
03:30   6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:137 S. Becirovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
03:13   5 M. Gelabale Steal
03:07 42 - 40 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
02:488 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound
02:34   11 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:34   13 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
02:344 G. Jurak Free throw missed(1/2)   
02:344 G. Jurak Free throw MADE(2/2) 43 - 40 
02:17   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:1710 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   
02:034 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 5 J. Lakovic 
45 - 40 
01:51   6 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:51Team Def. Rebound   
01:295 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 G. Jurak 
48 - 40 
01:10 48 - 42 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:488 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:48   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
00:388 R. Nesterovic Steal   7 C. Julian Turnover (Ball Handling)
00:208 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Becirovic 
50 - 42 
00:03 50 - 44 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:02 Foul drawn   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)
00:02   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
9 T. Parker in
00:025 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 51 - 44 
00:025 J. Lakovic Free throw missed(2/2)   
00:008 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 B. Nachbar 
53 - 44 
TimeSLOVENIAScoreFRANCE
09:415 J. Lakovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 B. Nachbar 
56 - 44 
09:228 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:5710 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
08:534 G. Jurak Off. Rebound   
08:504 G. Jurak 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:4210 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
08:20   9 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
08:204 G. Jurak Free throw MADE(1/2) 57 - 44 
08:204 G. Jurak Free throw missed(2/2)   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
08:10 57 - 46 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:528 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 8 R. Nesterovic 
  
07:40   11 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)
07:405 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 58 - 46 
07:405 J. Lakovic Free throw missed(2/2)   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
07:2910 B. Nachbar Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:298 R. Nesterovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
07:16   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:5410 B. Nachbar 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
06:54   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
06:35   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Other)
06:3510 B. Nachbar Steal   
06:317 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 B. Nachbar 
60 - 46 
06:24   Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
10 M. Diarra in
06:145 J. Lakovic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)   
06:14Substitution: 5 J. Lakovic out,
12 M. Milic in 
  
06:01   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:0112 M. Milic Def. Rebound   
05:458 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 62 - 46 
05:2612 M. Milic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
05:15   10 M. Diarra 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
05:158 R. Nesterovic Def. Rebound   
04:5810 B. Nachbar 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound
04:52 62 - 48 11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
04:49Timeout   
04:308 R. Nesterovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 64 - 48 
04:24   11 F. Pietrus Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 5th)
11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Offensive foul)
04:24   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
5 M. Gelabale in
04:157 S. Becirovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
04:15   10 M. Diarra Steal
04:1510 B. Nachbar Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
03:59   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
03:594 G. Jurak Def. Rebound   
03:4212 M. Milic 2PtsFG (Dunk) missed   
03:42   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
03:397 S. Becirovic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   
03:39   Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
14 F. Weis in
03:39 64 - 49 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:39 64 - 50 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:33   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
03:214 G. Jurak Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 4th)
4 G. Jurak Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
03:13 64 - 53 6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:527 S. Becirovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
02:30   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 B. Diaw
02:30 64 - 55 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:30Timeout   
02:16   13 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
02:167 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 65 - 55 
02:167 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)   10 M. Diarra Def. Rebound
02:04   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:01   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 4th)
02:01 Foul drawn   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 5th)
02:01   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
4 F. Fauthoux in
02:017 S. Becirovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 66 - 55 
02:017 S. Becirovic Free throw missed(2/2)   
01:347 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
01:34   13 B. Diaw block
01:347 S. Becirovic Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)   
01:34Substitution: 10 B. Nachbar out,
5 J. Lakovic in 
  
01:34   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/2)
01:344 G. Jurak Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(2/2)
01:125 J. Lakovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   12 M. Milic Def. Rebound
01:12   4 F. Fauthoux Def. Rebound
01:06   10 M. Diarra 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:447 S. Becirovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 M. Milic 
  
00:267 S. Becirovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
00:26   Team Def. Rebound
00:105 J. Lakovic Def. Rebound   5 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:10   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 4th)
00:105 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 67 - 55 
00:105 J. Lakovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 68 - 55 
00:00 68 - 58 4 F. Fauthoux 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE

Accumulated statistics

Slovenia France
22/56FG M/A22/58
17/42 (40.5%) FG2P M/A18/41 (43.9%)
5/14 (35.7%) FG3P M/A4/17 (23.5%)
19/35 (54.3%) FT M/A10/21 (47.6%)
45 (12-33) Reb (O-D) 39 (6-33)
11AS8
15TO16
5ST10
0BS3
22PF28
68Pts58

top performers

Slovenia France

Radoslav Nesterovic

 

Mickael Gelabale

12Pts6
10Reb3
0AS2
1ST2
0BS0
30Min35
Slovenia France 2-1
Slovenia - France 77-61
08.09.2004, Celje (SLO)
France - Slovenia 85-69
18.09.2004, Chalon sur Saone (FRA)
Slovenia - France 68-58
18.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)

GAME PREVIEW

18.09.2005
France And Slovenia Both Await Big Night

Since joining the European basketball family in 1993, Slovenia have yet to miss a EuroBasket, an achievement of which few teams can boast.

However, despite possessing some of Europe’s top basketball talent, Slovenia have yet to make a real impact on the event and have never qualified for the quarter-final stages.

Against France on Sunday, Slovenia can add a new chapter to their basketball history and a win would be enough to secure a place in the top eight.

Nobody is under any illusions as to the game’s significance. "It's the most important game in Slovenian basketball history, because it can put us, for the first time in history in the top 8," said Ales Pipan after the win over Greece.

Boris Diaw (France)
Boris Diaw has been France's top performer so far at EuroBasket
"I especially would like to thank our fans because they were with us for 40 minutes, and I expect them to be here in the game against France as well," added Pipan whose team has been given a boost by the presence of several thousand Slovenian fans in Belgrade.

Pipan chose to cancel the morning practice and give his player more time to rest after the big win over Greece on Saturday, 68-56, a performance that has people talking about Slovenia as legitimate gold medal contenders.

After two days Slovenia are the best defensive rebounding team at EuroBasket, averaging 30 rpg. Slovenia can rely on skilled big men Radoslav Nesterovic, Primoz Brezec, Bostjan Nachbar and Erazem Lorbek on the boards, but rebounding is a team concept for Slovenia, with guards Sani Becirovic, Jaka Lakovic and Marko Milic pulling down 9 rebounds each over the first 2 games.

France waited over 6 quarters before showing up to EuroBasket 2005, but what coach Claude Bergeaud saw in the last 2 quarters of his side’s 79-62 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina gives him cause for optimism.

Boris Diaw's performance showed why he's in the NBA. Diaw was everywhere on court and carried his team to their first EuroBasket2005 win .But he is fully aware that a loss to Slovenia could spell the end of France’s EuroBasket hopes.

" It looks like the third place in our group will have to play against Serbia and Montenegro in the next round, and it's not very good to play against them in a do-or-die game in their home country," he said.

France have two big concerns going into the Slovenia game. The first is the continued poor performance of Tony Parker and the second is the health of Mickael Pietrus

After two games Parker is still without a free throw (0/3) or three-pointer (0/5) to his name. He has scored a total of only 12 points at 6/17 from 2 point range and is averaging 3.5 turnovers.

Pietrus has been in better form and was a key component in France’s win over Bosnia-Herzegovina with 22 points and 7 rebounds. However, he has a knee injury, and although he says he wants to play, it is unclear if he will be able to manage significant minutes.

Without Parker in good shape it will be almost impossible for France to progress to the latter stages of the tournament, and coach Bergeaud doesn't want to heap more pressure onto his star guard: "I hope Tony will comeback especially in shooting. He didn't have a lot of practice during preparation, and so we must control his time of game. If he plays too much in one game, he won't be able to finish the competition," he said.

After two games France are the worst three-point shooting side in the competition at only 6/32 (18.8%). France are also last in free throw percentage with a poor 49%. What has kept France alive so far is the offensive boards, where they lead the competition with an impressive average of 15.5 per game.

Bearing in mind that Slovenia are the tournament’s top defensive rebounding team, the battle for control of the boards may well be the decisive factor in which side emerges with a win.
 

Slovenia France 2-1
Slovenia - France 77-61
08.09.2004, Celje (SLO)
France - Slovenia 85-69
18.09.2004, Chalon sur Saone (FRA)
Slovenia - France 68-58
18.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)