France76-69

21-18, 21-21, 21-14, 13-16

Russia

 

Date: 10.09.2003, 18:00hVenue:   Stockholm (SWE)
Referees:  Lazaros Voreadis (GRE), Shmuel Bachar (ISR)
TEAM LEADERS
France Russia
Tony Parker (18)PtsAndrei Kirilenko (22)
Jérôme Moïso (11)RebVictor Khryapa (8)
Tony Parker (3)ASVasily Karasev (4)
Tony Parker (4)STAndrei Kirilenko (5)
Jérôme Moïso (2)BSFedor Likholitov (3)

GAME REPORT

10.09.2003
France 76 Russia 69

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Tony Parker had 18 points for France
Russia's attempt at another amazing comeback fell short in the quarterfinal against France. France finally got their nerves under control and was able to pull out a 76-69 victory against Russia and became the first team to qualify for the semifinals in Eurobasket 2003.

NBA champion Tony Parker led the way for the French team as he has in previous games in the tournament, but Parker did not have his best game. Parker struggled with his shooting in the game, hitting only 5 of 14 from the floor and 6 of 11 from the line. He scored only 1 point in the fourth quarter and committed 6 turnovers. Parker still led the french team in scoring with 18 points and added 3 assists and 4 steals.

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With 22 points topscorer of the game: Andrei Kirilenko
France got huge contribiutions from two players that had not been playing good in their first three games in the tournament. Center Jerome Moiso, from the New Orleans Hornets, had a big game with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Moiso had been struggling, averging 7 points and recording only 1 blocked shot in the first three games.

Another player that had a big impact in the game was 21 year old prospect, and Atlanta Hawks draft pick, Boris Diaw. Diaw had been virtually invisible for France in previous games, scoring only 2 points in 3 games. In this game Diaw was forced to play big minutes after starting shooting guard Tariq Abdul-Wahad reinjured his bothersome shoulder only 3 minutes and 43 seconds into the game. He did not return after that.

Diaw threw down three thunderous dunks, two of them over Kirilenko, and energized the french team. Diaw fouled out with 8.40 left in the fourth, finishing with 14 points, on 6-8 shooting, and 6 rebounds. Veteran forward Laurent Foirest also had a good game for the french team, with 12 points and 9 rebounds.

"Boris Diaw was a big part of our win. He played good defense on Kirilenko and was really aggressive on offense, which he wasn't in the preliminary stage.", said french coach Alan Weisz.

France seemed to be in total control of the game in the fourth quarter, as they cruised to a 15 points lead, 70-55. After that Russia started their comeback attempt. With the score 70-62 in France's favour Russia began pressing full court and this led to a series of turnovers by France. Russia got as close as 4 points on two occations; 70-66 and 73-69.

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12 points and 11 rebounds: Jerome Moiso
France eventually weathered the storm and held on for the win. Moustapha Sonko hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to preserve the win for France. Russia shot terrible in the game, hitting only 33 % of their shots and they were also heavily outrebounded, 42-30 by the french team.

Andrei Kirlenko almost single-handedly rallied Russia back into the game. He had a couple of steals, a dunk and a 3-pointer in the final minutes but it wasn't enough to get all the way back. Kirilenko played 38 minutes and scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Other good performances for Russia came from Victor Khriapa, 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Vassili Karassev, 12 points and 4 assists.

"We came here for the medals so of course we are disapppointed, but today we met a better team.", said Russian coach Sergei Elevitch.

Top performers

France Russia

Florent Pietrus

 

Andrei Kirilenko

8Pts22
6Reb6
1AS1
2ST5
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

France Russia
26/57FG M/A23/69
24/44 (54.5%) FG2P M/A16/41 (39.0%)
2/13 (15.4%) FG3P M/A7/28 (25.0%)
22/33 (66.7%) FT M/A16/25 (64.0%)
42 (12-30) Reb (O-D) 30 (11-19)
7AS8
25TO19
11ST12
3BS5
24PF25
76Pts69

PHOTO GALLERY

FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Sonko, M. 282/540.02/540.00/00.06/875.00440710310
5Abdul Wahad, T. 41/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0011000022
6Moïso, J. 355/1338.55/1338.50/00.02/2100.056110422212
7Foirest, L. 354/1136.44/580.00/60.04/4100.02792320412
8Digbeu, A. 50/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000010010
9Parker, T. 355/1435.73/933.32/540.06/1154.50333640218
10Dioumassi, M. 40/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0022000000
11Pietrus, F. 233/3100.03/3100.00/00.02/450.0246102058
12Julian, C. DNP
13Diaw, B. 276/875.06/875.00/00.02/450.03361401514
14Rupert, T. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
15Turiaf, R. DNP
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL26/ 5745.624/ 4454.52/ 1315.422/3366.71230427251132476
RUSSIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Karasev, V. 283/933.31/425.02/540.04/580.00224410312
5Ershov, D. DNP
6Likholitov, F. 192/450.02/450.00/00.00/00.0123040314
7Soloviev, M. 20/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0101000000
8Kubrakov, V. 150/40.00/00.00/40.00/00.0123000020
9Samoylenko, P. 170/30.00/20.00/10.00/00.0000001040
10Khryapa, V. 305/955.64/757.11/250.02/450.03581300313
11Pashutin, Z. 171/714.30/30.01/425.04/4100.0022114037
12Monya, S. 275/1435.74/944.41/520.00/20.03250211311
13Kirilenko, A. 397/1741.25/1050.02/728.66/1060.02461451422
14Domani, D. DNP
15Savrasenko, A. 60/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000110020
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL23/ 6933.316/ 4139.07/ 2825.016/2564.01119308191252569
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

France Russia

Florent Pietrus

 

Andrei Kirilenko

8Pts22
6Reb6
1AS1
2ST5
0BS1
23Min39

TEAM STATS

France Russia
26/57FG M/A23/69
24/44 (54.5%) FG2P M/A16/41 (39.0%)
2/13 (15.4%) FG3P M/A7/28 (25.0%)
22/33 (66.7%) FT M/A16/25 (64.0%)
42 (12-30) Reb (O-D) 30 (11-19)
7AS8
25TO19
11ST12
3BS5
24PF25
76Pts69