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Group:  A | 21.09.2003, 21:30h
Group:  A | 21.09.2003, 21:30h
79-66
31 - 2216 - 2117 - 1315 - 10
31 - 2216 - 2117 - 1315 - 10
Venue: Pyrgos (GRE) |
Spectators: 600 |
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo (ESP), Sergiy Chebyshev (UKR)

GAME REPORT


France 79 Poland 66

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Nathalie Lesdema led all scorers with 28 points
Nathalie Lesdema and France hit back from a disappointing loss on Saturday to Serbia & Montenegro in style with a 79-66 win over previously unbeaten Poland in Group A.

Les Bleues, still smarting from that two-point defeat, were taking on the side in these championships boasting the seven-footer Margo Dydek but that didn't stop them looking to attack the basket down low.

Lesdema took the majority of those shots and ended up 13 of 20 for a game-high 28 points.

France scored 31 points in the first quarter and led by nine but the Poles clawed it back to 47-43 at the half-time break.

Poland were their own worst enemy, though, struggling to make the most of their possessions by turning the ball over - they had 24 turnovers on the night - and France built their lead back up to double digits by the end of the contest.

Poland will be looking to get their third win on Tuesday against Israel while France take on the Czech Republic.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes France - Poland

Tomasz Herkt, Head Coach, Poland

"This was a difficult and important game for us. If we win, we qualify for the quarter-finals in second position."

"The French team played very well and our players were nervous and shot badly. We outrebounded them but they outscored us."

Alain Jardel, Head Coach, France

Poland is a very good team, and I'm not just saying that to be nice. We had problems because of Dydek, but so does every team. I like the way we played defense and got lots of fast breaks."

"The competitions is hard in this group and our most important game will be against Greece. We have 2 wins and they have 1, so if they beat us they can qualify to the quarter-finals."

"I have not seen the Czech team play but I have been told they play very nicely, so we will see what happens."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

53.2%

33/62
FG
M/A

41.9%

26/62

54.4%

31/57
FG2P
M/A

46.0%

23/50

40.0%

2/5
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

3/12

78.6%

11/14
FT
M/A

68.8%

11/16

34

10/24
RT
RO/RD

35

16/19

17

AS

9

17

TO

24

13

ST

13

4

BS

4

19

PF

18

79

Pts

66

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