France50-64

7-21, 7-11, 20-21, 16-11

Greece

 

Date: 16.09.2005, 20:30hGroup:  CVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 5800
Referees:  Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Stelian Banica (ROU), Luigi Lamonica (ITA)
TEAM LEADERS
France Greece
Tony Parker (10)PtsDimitrios Diamantidis (13)
Florent Pietrus (7)RebDimitrios Diamantidis (9)
Boris Diaw (3)ASDimitrios Diamantidis (6)
Mickael Gelabale (1), Florent Pietrus (1)STDimitrios Diamantidis (3)
Mickael Gelabale (2)BSLazaros Papadopoulos (1)

GAME REPORT

16.09.2005
No Greek Tragedy As France Are Thrashed

Greece hammered France 64-50 in Belgrade to join Slovenia at the top of EuroBasket Group C after the opening day's play.

Just as they showed in friendly games before the tournament in a string of victories, Greece's defence suffocated Les Bleus and was most responsible for the comprehensive triumph.

Greek coach Panagiotis Yannakis, who led his side to the quarter-final round of the Olympics last season, had prepared for the toughest of games.

Instead, he found feeble opposition.

"We expected a very strong game so we prepared the team to play a very tough game," a stunned Yannakis said.

"France is one of the most talented teams in Europe. Some of their players play in the NBA and some in top teams in Europe"

If French coach Claude Bergeaud did not have his team ready to play, Yannakis did.

"We tried to control two things: the transition game and the rebounding of the French team," Yannakis said.

"Most of the game we did that well, so we had a very good win that will help us to qualify to the next round."

France are a team many had expected to challenge for a medal but on this evidence, they will be lucky if they advance to the elimination round.

The result is humiliation for French coach Bergeaud, who must be praying his team is ready to play Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday.

Dimitrios Diamantidis (Greece)
Dimitrios Diamantidis had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Greece
"We knew Greece is one of the best teams in Europe," Bergeaud said.

"It's a very good team, and that was a very bad night for the French team. "Greece didn't allow us to develop our game. We kept the ball too much in our hands, and we couldn't develop our passing game.

"In this case, it's very was easy for the Greek team to stop our drives, because everybody was waiting for the French guys to penetrate.

"We had 21 turnovers. That's too much and you can not do it in a European Championship."

At half-time, a French team which includes San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker had just 14 points on the board.

They connected on just one shot from behind the arc out of 13 attempts and finished a mere seven of 15 (46.6%) from the line.

A basket from Fredric Weis gave France a 6-4 lead, but five straight points by Michail Kakiouzis and a huge effort from the defence sparked a 15-1 Greek run that put the Greeks ahead at 19-7 after one quarter.

They stayed in front the rest of the way.

For the remainder of the contest, Greece displayed a tough, effective defence and competed well as a team, while the French struggled to score from anywhere on the court.

When the lead ballooned to 20 points at 32-12 seconds before half-time, the rout was on.

France's Cyril Julian scored to leave France trailing 32-14 at the break, but when the teams hit the changing rooms, France were just one of eight from three-point range and one of five from the free throw line.

Yannakis had every reason to applaud his players at the half for Greece had shown an excellent game, showing patience and the willingness to push the ball inside.

The Greeks had also spread the points between nine different players in the opening two quarters.

France had nine points midway through the third quarter, more than they scored in each of the first two quarters, but it was not enought to rattle Greece who kept a safe distance of 15 points.

Fine play from Dimitrios Diamantidis helped them move in front by more than 20 points at one stage.

After three quarters, Greece were still in command with a 53-34 advantage and France never mounted a serious challenge after.

Diamantidis led Greece with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Nikos Chatzivrettas and Lazaros Papadopoulos added nine points apiece.

"We had an easy win today," Papadopoulos said.

"We controlled the rebounds and fast-break and that was the key for our win."

Parker was the only player to score in double digits for France with 10 points.

Promising forward Mickael Gelabale and veteran guard Antoine Rigaudeau had seven each.

Weis, who was controversially added to the French team right before the start of the EuroBasket after skipping most of the preparations, said: "The Greek team played very well from the first minute.

"They played very good defence.

"We played good defence, but not very good in offence."

Yannakis, a guard on the country's legendary side that won the European title 18 years ago, may be thinking right about now that his team has the makings of champions.

Next up will be a clash against Slovenia, who beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in their opener.

The Greece v Slovenia contest will be decisive in the battle for the top seed in the group.

Top performers

France Greece

Mickael Gelabale

 

Dimitrios Diamantidis

7Pts13
3Reb9
1AS6
1ST3
2BS0

Accumulated statistics

France Greece
21/50FG M/A22/46
20/38 (52.6%) FG2P M/A18/36 (50.0%)
1/12 (8.3%) FG3P M/A4/10 (40.0%)
7/15 (46.7%) FT M/A16/31 (51.6%)
35 (11-24) Reb (O-D) 31 (10-21)
9AS12
22TO16
2ST9
4BS1
27PF22
50Pts64

PHOTO GALLERY

FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Fauthoux, F. DNP
*5Gelabale, M. 283/650.02/450.01/250.00/00.0303111237
6Rigaudeau, A. 273/742.93/475.00/30.01/250.0000220037
*7Julian, C. 182/450.02/450.00/00.02/2100.0055020046
8Pietrus, M. 202/540.02/366.70/20.01/333.3000140015
*9Parker, T. 285/1241.75/955.60/30.00/30.00220300210
10Diarra, M. 30/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000000000
*11Pietrus, F. 281/520.01/425.00/10.03/475.0437121025
12Schmitt, J. 60/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000030
13Diaw, B. 243/560.03/560.00/00.00/10.0112340146
*14Weis, F. 152/450.02/450.00/00.00/00.0044010144
15Giffa, S. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011110010
TEAM/COACH381120
TOTAL21/ 5042.020/ 3852.61/ 128.37/1546.7112435922242750
GREECE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Papaloukas, T. 180/10.00/00.00/10.02/2100.0101151032
5Spanoulis, V. 122/540.01/333.31/250.00/10.0011010015
6Zisis, N. 222/366.72/366.70/00.03/475.0011100027
7Bourousis, Y. 20/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011000000
8Vasilopoulos, P. DNP
*9Fotsis, A. 211/425.01/333.30/10.00/00.0022211032
*10Chatzivrettas, N. 182/366.71/1100.01/250.04/580.0101120039
11Ntikoudis, D. 193/742.93/742.90/00.00/40.0022001026
12Tsartsaris, K. 122/366.72/366.70/00.00/20.0022010034
*13Diamantidis, D. 343/475.02/2100.01/250.06/966.73696230113
*14Papadopoulos, L. 194/1040.04/1040.00/00.01/425.0202111129
*15Kakiouzis, M. 243/560.02/366.71/250.00/00.0235002027
TEAM/COACH13430
TOTAL22/ 4647.818/ 3650.04/ 1040.016/3151.61021311216912264
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 Greece

Mickael Gelabale

 

Dimitrios Diamantidis

7Pts13
3Reb9
1AS6
1ST3
2BS0
28Min34

TEAM STATS

France Greece
21/50FG M/A22/46
20/38 (52.6%) FG2P M/A18/36 (50.0%)
1/12 (8.3%) FG3P M/A4/10 (40.0%)
7/15 (46.7%) FT M/A16/31 (51.6%)
35 (11-24) Reb (O-D) 31 (10-21)
9AS12
22TO16
2ST9
4BS1
27PF22
50Pts64

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeFRANCEScoreGREECE
09:44 Def. Rebound   
06:308 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
17:1113 B. Diaw Turnover (Bad Pass)   
23:59Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in 
  
27:1115 S. Giffa Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:44   13 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Out of bounds)
09:44 Def. Rebound   
09:2913 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 2 - 0 
09:117 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:02   14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:54   14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
08:45 2 - 2 14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:1811 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:07 2 - 4 9 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:467 C. Julian Turnover (Ball Handling)   
07:27   9 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:229 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 4 - 4 
07:22   14 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
07:229 T. Parker Free throw missed(1/1)   
07:00   14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:587 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
06:55   14 L. Papadopoulos Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
06:55Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in 
  
06:4314 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 6 - 4 
06:21 6 - 6 14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:21   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in
06:069 T. Parker Turnover (Travelling)   
05:42   11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
05:40 Def. Rebound   
05:40    Turnover (24 secs)
05:15 Turnover (24 secs)   
05:03 6 - 8 15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:395 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:30   9 A. Fotsis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:12 6 - 11 15 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:46Timeout   
03:4013 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:209 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
03:20   10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw missed(1/2)
03:20 6 - 12 10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:20Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
12 J. Schmitt in 
  
03:20   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in
03:019 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:01 Off. Rebound   
02:5212 J. Schmitt 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
02:4012 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
02:27 6 - 14 11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:16   11 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
02:169 T. Parker Free throw missed(1/2)   
02:169 T. Parker Free throw missed(2/2)   
01:58 6 - 16 11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:429 T. Parker Turnover (Bad Pass)   
01:375 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
01:37Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
8 M. Pietrus in 
  
01:37Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in 
  
01:37 6 - 17 6 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:37 6 - 18 6 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:2111 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:01   11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:01 Def. Rebound   
00:45   13 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
00:458 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2) 7 - 18 
00:458 M. Pietrus Free throw missed(2/2)   
00:3911 F. Pietrus Off. Rebound   
00:3711 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Tip-in) missed   
00:2211 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   
00:22 7 - 19 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:22   13 D. Diamantidis Free throw missed(2/2)
00:22   Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in
00:22   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in
00:086 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Bad Pass)   
00:0812 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)   
00:08 7 - 20 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:08 7 - 21 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:006 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (24 secs)   
TimeFRANCEScoreGREECE
09:426 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:345 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 10 - 21 
09:186 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:116 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
08:49 10 - 23 12 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:26   11 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
08:198 M. Pietrus Turnover (Travelling)   
07:56   15 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:455 M. Gelabale Turnover (Travelling)   
07:2912 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
07:29Substitution: 12 J. Schmitt out,
7 C. Julian in 
  
07:29   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in
07:29   Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
9 A. Fotsis in
07:25   4 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:25   Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
13 D. Diamantidis in
07:10   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
06:598 M. Pietrus Turnover (Travelling)   
06:39   9 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:39 Def. Rebound   
06:28Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
9 T. Parker in 
  
06:28Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in 
  
06:14 Turnover (24 secs)   
05:568 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
05:56 10 - 24 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(1/2)
05:56 10 - 25 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(2/2)
05:389 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 12 - 25 
05:12 12 - 28 10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:568 M. Pietrus Turnover (Other)   
04:40   12 K. Tsartsaris Turnover (Travelling)
04:37Timeout   
04:37   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in
04:37   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in
04:23   12 K. Tsartsaris Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
04:019 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:42   12 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
03:308 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:07    Turnover (24 secs)
02:4813 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
02:26   4 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:0213 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
02:02   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in
02:02Substitution: 8 M. Pietrus out,
11 F. Pietrus in 
  
02:02   12 K. Tsartsaris Free throw missed(1/2)
02:02   12 K. Tsartsaris Free throw missed(2/2)
01:439 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
01:196 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:01 12 - 30 6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:4613 B. Diaw Turnover (Travelling)   
00:46Timeout   
00:32 12 - 32 12 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:177 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 14 - 32 
00:07   4 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Travelling)
00:03   12 K. Tsartsaris Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
00:009 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
TimeFRANCEScoreGREECE
09:4011 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
09:40 14 - 33 10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(1/3)
09:40 14 - 34 10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(2/3)
09:40 14 - 35 10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(3/3)
09:24   9 A. Fotsis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:0611 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:49   9 A. Fotsis Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
08:49   Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in
08:349 T. Parker Turnover (Other)   
08:29 14 - 37 10 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:059 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 16 - 37 
07:58   10 N. Chatzivrettas Turnover (Bad Pass)
07:5811 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound   
07:489 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:48   12 K. Tsartsaris Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
07:41   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
07:41   Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
9 A. Fotsis in
07:3011 F. Pietrus Turnover (Bad Pass)   
07:21   10 N. Chatzivrettas Turnover (Bad Pass)
07:19   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
07:19   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in
07:1911 F. Pietrus Free throw missed(1/2)   
07:1911 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2) 17 - 37 
07:00   14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:00   9 A. Fotsis Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)
07:00   Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in
07:0011 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2) 18 - 37 
07:0011 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2) 19 - 37 
06:425 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
06:42   14 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)
06:42   14 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(2/2)
06:266 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:22 19 - 39 15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:036 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 21 - 39 
05:485 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
05:33 21 - 41 13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:215 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   
05:13   14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:5614 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 23 - 41 
04:38   13 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:30   4 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)
04:30Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
13 B. Diaw in 
  
04:306 A. Rigaudeau Free throw missed(1/2)   
04:306 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2) 24 - 41 
04:20   4 T. Papaloukas Offensive Foul (Team 8th, Player 2nd)
04:0413 B. Diaw Turnover (Bad Pass)   
03:43 24 - 43 13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:4314 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
03:43Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in 
  
03:43   13 D. Diamantidis Free throw missed(1/1)
03:237 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 26 - 43 
02:58 26 - 46 13 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:4913 B. Diaw Turnover (Bad Pass)   
02:49    Def. Rebound
02:49Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
8 M. Pietrus in 
  
02:49Timeout   
02:49   Substitution: 4 T. Papaloukas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in
02:49Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
11 F. Pietrus in 
  
02:27 26 - 48 6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:14   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in
02:1113 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 28 - 48 
02:11   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 1st)
02:1113 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/1)   
02:0511 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:0513 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
02:05 28 - 49 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:05   13 D. Diamantidis Free throw missed(2/2)
01:559 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 30 - 49 
01:3413 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
01:34 30 - 50 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:34 30 - 51 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:1013 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 32 - 51 
00:52 32 - 53 5 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:5213 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)   
00:52Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
5 M. Gelabale in 
  
00:52   5 V. Spanoulis Free throw missed(1/1)
00:42   15 M. Kakiouzis Personal Foul (Team 10th, Player 1st)
00:427 C. Julian Free throw MADE(1/2) 33 - 53 
00:427 C. Julian Free throw MADE(2/2) 34 - 53 
00:23   5 V. Spanoulis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:21    Off. Rebound
00:00   11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:00   15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Tip-in) missed
TimeFRANCEScoreGREECE
09:407 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:17   6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:148 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 36 - 53 
09:14   5 V. Spanoulis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:148 M. Pietrus Free throw missed(1/1)   
09:14   15 M. Kakiouzis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
09:14   Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in
09:1011 F. Pietrus Turnover (Bad Pass)   
09:08   4 T. Papaloukas Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
08:439 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:3511 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE 38 - 53 
08:30 38 - 55 14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:125 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:12 Off. Rebound   
08:029 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:555 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 40 - 55 
07:449 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
07:44Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in 
  
07:44 40 - 56 6 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2)
07:44   6 N. Zisis Free throw missed(2/2)
07:187 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
07:09   11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:03 40 - 58 14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE
06:537 C. Julian Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
06:53   Substitution: 5 V. Spanoulis out,
13 D. Diamantidis in
06:456 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
06:39   4 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:20 Off. Rebound   
06:208 M. Pietrus Turnover (Bad Pass)   
06:20    Def. Rebound
06:20Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
15 S. Giffa in 
  
06:20   Substitution: 4 T. Papaloukas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in
06:01   5 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:017 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)   
06:01Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in 
  
05:52 40 - 61 5 V. Spanoulis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:308 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:30    Def. Rebound
05:1214 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
05:12Timeout   
05:12   11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(1/2)
05:12   11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(2/2)
04:4614 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:286 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 42 - 61 
04:0115 S. Giffa Def. Rebound   
04:01   5 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:4814 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:44   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
03:415 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 44 - 61 
03:2414 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
03:24   Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in
03:24   14 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)
03:24 44 - 62 14 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:048 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 46 - 62 
02:4915 S. Giffa Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)   
02:49Substitution: 8 M. Pietrus out,
10 M. Diarra in 
  
02:49   11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(1/2)
02:49   11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(2/2)
02:3315 S. Giffa Turnover (Ball Handling)   
02:26 46 - 64 11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:1614 F. Weis Offensive Foul (Team 8th, Player 4th)   
02:16Substitution: 15 S. Giffa out,
11 F. Pietrus in 
  
02:12   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in
01:55   14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:54 Def. Rebound   
01:54   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
7 I. Bourousis in
01:376 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:20   7 I. Bourousis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
01:17Timeout   
01:17Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
9 T. Parker in 
  
01:17   Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
9 A. Fotsis in
01:14    Turnover (24 secs)
01:14 Def. Rebound   
01:086 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 48 - 64 
00:48 Def. Rebound   
00:48   13 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Ball Handling)
00:419 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 50 - 64 
00:24   5 V. Spanoulis Turnover (Bad Pass)
00:24 Def. Rebound   
00:0210 M. Diarra 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:00   10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed

Accumulated statistics

France Greece
21/50FG M/A22/46
20/38 (52.6%) FG2P M/A18/36 (50.0%)
1/12 (8.3%) FG3P M/A4/10 (40.0%)
7/15 (46.7%) FT M/A16/31 (51.6%)
35 (11-24) Reb (O-D) 31 (10-21)
9AS12
22TO16
2ST9
4BS1
27PF22
50Pts64

top performers

France Greece

Mickael Gelabale

 

Dimitrios Diamantidis

7Pts13
3Reb9
1AS6
1ST3
2BS0
28Min34
France Greece 0-2
France - Greece 50-64
16.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)
Greece - France 67-66
24.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)

GAME PREVIEW

15.09.2005
France: Bergeaud Plays Down Title Chances

France coach Claude Bergeaud is trying to lower expectations ahead of his side's game against Greece on Friday in the EuroBasket opener for both sides.

Hailed as favourites two years ago in Sweden, that French team finished fourth and missed out on the Olympics.

This summer, France won only five of their 10 warm-up games and Bergeaud is stressing his team should not be called favourites.

"The media exposure of our players made everyone think that we had a great team," said Bergeaud in L'Equipe, reflecting on EuroBasket 2003.

Lazaros Papadopoulos (Greece)
France's front line will have their hands full with Lazaros Papadopoulos
"This team might become great one day but for now, I think we will maybe come up a little short.

"Our objective has not changed, we want to finish among the first six to go to the World Championship."

France start with Greece on Friday, and the Greeks have been impressive in the build-up.

On Saturday, Les Bleus take on Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday and Slovenia on Sunday.

"Greece, along with Croatia, have had a huge and excellent preparation," added Bergeaud.

"The Spaniards played all their games at home, which was probably more comfortable for them, but they lost 88-80 to the Greeks, who won everywhere.

"Greece is a very, very tough team whose experience is based on the Euroleague. They are well organised, they score a lot of points, they have a pacey and fast game."

Greece do have the look of a team that is loaded.

Dimitrios Diamantidis and Theodoros Papaloukas are quality guards, as is Nikos Zisis, who was excellent in the win over Spain.

Lazaros Papadopoulos is a strong center.

Greece have a deep team, one that pushed eventual gold medalists Argentina to the limit at last summer's Olympics.

"They have all the qualities of the Euroleague's top teams and their players are used to playing at the highest level," Bergeaud said.

"It will be an enormous culture shock and I really wonder what the issue of that game will be.

"We will have to put ourselves at their level mentally and emotionally."

Bergeaud also expects the Bosnians and Slovenians to pose problems.

"With all the respect we have for Bosnia, if we don't beat them, it means we have no ambition anymore," he said.

"Our last game against Slovenia could be tough. They have shown a great unity. It's hard to point out the favourites it's well balanced and very hard everywhere."

Again, he is keen to play down the talk of medals.

"I think the Turks will be on the podium, they have gained a tremendous experience since 1999," he added.

"The Italians have impressed me. They played 17 preparation matches, it's enormous.

"Are they going to confirm what they've learned or be tired?

"Croatia have very strong players, they are fresh physically and their confidence is high. They are a small nation and they want to unsettle the big basketball teams.

"As far as Serbia is concerned, of course they will finish first or second."

France point guard Tony Parker has arrived in Belgrade intent on one thing. Parker, the point guard of the NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs, wants a medal.

He says their 75-56 victory over Turkey at the Limoges tournament on Sunday should boost their spirit.

"We came back on track at the right time," said Parker, satisfied that his side won their last four consecutive matches, including one against Italy in Milan on Tuesday.

"We are getting better as the European Championships approach.

"Our defeats in recent weeks have helped us learn a lot.

"The most important was to win the match against Turkey easily. We must now continue on that pace and make sure we are ready on the D-Day.

"Motivation played an important role. After five defeats everyone was expecting a reaction from our part. We had worked hard for one month and we did not want to spoilt our efforts. It was time to bounce back."

France Greece 0-2
France - Greece 50-64
16.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)
Greece - France 67-66
24.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)