Serbia & Montenegro71-74

23-18, 21-17, 13-19, 14-20

France

 

Date: 20.09.2005, 20:30hVenue:   Novi Sad (SRB) Spectators: 7300
TEAM LEADERS
Serbia & Montenegro France
Marko Jaric (14), Vladimir Radmanovic (14)PtsAntoine Rigaudeau (14)
Nenad Krstic (6)RebAntoine Rigaudeau (5), Cyril Julian (5)
Marko Jaric (5)ASTony Parker (3), Boris Diaw (3)
Marko Jaric (5)STTony Parker (2)
BSMickael Pietrus (2)

GAME REPORT

20.09.2005
France Shock Serbia & Montenegro

Whoever said that size mattered in basketball did not see France stun Serbia & Montenegro 74-71 on Tuesday night in Belgrade.

With no player over 202 cm on the court in the final 2 minutes, the visitors were able to out-hustle the hosts, grabbing key rebounds at both ends of the floor.

Serbia & Montenegro had several chances to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Marco Jaric and Zeljko Rebraca each missed pairs of free-throws - some intentionally, some not.

But les Bleus could have put the game out of reach had they converted some of their free throws.

Boris Diaw continued his struggles at the line by missing two of his own which could have given his side a four-point lead at 75-71.

French captain Antoine Rigaudeau then missed the first of two before converting the second for a 74-71 advantage and final score.

Tony Parker (France)
Tony Parker found something approaching his top form against Serbia & Montenegro
After the game, French coach Claude Bergeau talked about his team's risky approach to tonight's game.

"We knew it would be a very tough game and we thought the only way we could stay close in the game was to take risks defensively," he said, making reference to his line-up late in the game.

"This was a different game for our team compared to the three previous ones. Tonight we were afraid and so we realised we needed to playu together at both ends of the floor and exert more patience.

"We came in with the objective of qualifying for the World Championships, but we never thought we'd beat a team as good as Serbia & Montenegro."

And the win was hard earned.

France couldn't stop the host nation early on, especially the backcourt of Igor Rakocevic and Marco Jaric which combined for 16 points as the home side took a 23-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Things went from bad to worse at the start of the second period for the visitors as they turned the ball over three times in a row and felt the strength and depth of Serbia & Montenegro's bench as captain Dejan Bodiroga and center Nenad Krstic gave a boost offensively as soon as they entered the game to create the first double digit lead, 29-18.

But France responded with contributions from its own bench. Center Frederic Weiss had two easy baskets inside before Tony Parker - who was omitted from the starting five - had a personal 6-1 run to close the gap to 39-33.

The two sides traded baskets and free-throws for the rest of the quarter with France getting within four, 39-34 before Krstic and Radmanovic scored on a layup and a three pointer respectively to give Serbia & Montenegro a nine-point lead at half-time.

The second half began with two scoring runs - one by each team.

Rigaudeau had five points in a 9-0 run that tied the game at 44 all before Jaric and Vladimir Radmanovic combined for a 7-0 run that gave Serbia & Montenegro a 51-44 lead.

Radmanovic followed with two three-pointers, but Boris Diaw and Parker made tough lay-ups to bring back to within three, 57-54 at the end of the third quarter.

But France had to fight with Rigaudeau sitting on the bench with four fouls.

Nonetheless, the visitors took their first lead since the start of the game on a layup by Parker and the two sides traded baskets to keep the lead within three. Serbia & Montenegro had their last lead at 66-65 after Milan Gurovic converted two free-throws. Les Bleus eventually went up by four, 70-66 on another move inside by Parker.

Rakocevic got the homeside within two the next trip down the floor, before Florent Pietrus made a tough tip-in off a Parker miss to make it a four point lead for the visitors again.

France played the closing minutes of the game with a small lineup because big men Weiss and Cyril Julian each had four fouls.

The move paid off as they were faster to loose balls, and seemed to jump higher than Serbia & Montenegro's tallest players.

After the game, Serbia & Montenegro head coach Zeljko Obradovic talked openly about his team's problem of coming together and developing team chemistry.

"We had a long talk in the locker room and I tried to tell my players that we lacked good relationships during our preparations and that they needed to fix them to be good human beings," he said.

"I still think we are the best team here but the relationship problems that have gone on over the past two months have never been fixed.

"I told my players to look at themselves in the mirror and I will do so myself. I made a mistake in not trying to fix these problems earlier."

Rigaudeau led a balanced offense with 14 points and Parker broke from his poor form to chip in with 13 points and 3 assists, while Michael Gelabale finished with 12 and Diaw with 10.

Jaric and Radmanovic each had 14 for Serbia & Montenegro, but Jaric missed 5 of 8 free-throws. Krstic and Rakocevic each finished with 11.

France now looks ahead to its quarter-finals game against Lithuania and Bergeaud already knows what it will take to win.

"We must have the same desire and ambition to win as we did tonight. It's our objective to find it before Thursday night."

Top performers

Serbia & Montenegro France

Dejan Bodiroga

 

Antoine Rigaudeau

10Pts14
5Reb5
3AS2
1ST1
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Serbia & Montenegro France
22/53FG M/A27/56
13/28 (46.4%) FG2P M/A23/39 (59.0%)
9/25 (36.0%) FG3P M/A4/17 (23.5%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A16/23 (69.6%)
31 (4-27) Reb (O-D) 36 (8-28)
14AS10
16TO15
11ST5
0BS4
23PF22
71Pts74

PHOTO GALLERY

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Bodiroga, D. 212/540.00/00.02/540.04/666.71453110510
5Milicic, D. 10/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0101001000
6Avdalovic, V. 80/20.00/00.00/20.00/00.0022000000
*7Radmanovic, V. 185/771.41/250.04/580.00/00.00110300214
*8Rakocevic, I. 364/1136.43/837.51/333.32/2100.00114230211
9Scepanovic, V. 160/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000110020
*10Jaric, M. 365/1241.74/850.01/425.03/837.50115050214
*11Rebraca, Z. 212/450.02/450.00/00.00/20.0145040034
12Krstic, N. 192/366.72/366.70/00.07/1070.01560310511
13Milojevic, D. DNP
14Tomasevic, D. DNP
*15Gurovic, M. 242/728.61/250.01/520.02/2100.0033120027
TEAM/COACH06600
TOTAL22/ 5341.513/ 2846.49/ 2536.018/3060.04273114161102371
FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Fauthoux, F. DNP
*5Gelabale, M. 295/683.33/475.02/2100.00/00.00222310012
*6Rigaudeau, A. 284/850.02/366.72/540.04/666.71452210514
*7Julian, C. 183/742.93/742.90/00.00/00.0145001146
8Pietrus, M. 282/922.22/450.00/50.04/580.0123020228
9Parker, T. 234/944.44/757.10/20.05/683.30113220113
10Diarra, M. DNP
*11Pietrus, F. 231/333.31/1100.00/20.03/475.0224030025
12Schmitt, J. 41/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0112000012
*13Diaw, B. 335/955.65/862.50/10.00/20.01233301310
14Weis, F. 122/366.72/366.70/00.00/00.0044000044
15Giffa, S. DNP
TEAM/COACH16700
TOTAL27/ 5648.223/ 3959.04/ 1723.516/2369.6828361015542274
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

Serbia & Montenegro France

Dejan Bodiroga

 

Antoine Rigaudeau

10Pts14
5Reb5
3AS2
1ST1
0BS0
21Min28

TEAM STATS

Serbia & Montenegro France
22/53FG M/A27/56
13/28 (46.4%) FG2P M/A23/39 (59.0%)
9/25 (36.0%) FG3P M/A4/17 (23.5%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A16/23 (69.6%)
31 (4-27) Reb (O-D) 36 (8-28)
14AS10
16TO15
11ST5
0BS4
23PF22
71Pts74

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeSERBIA & MONTENEGROScoreFRANCE
09:36   7 C. Julian Def. Rebound
09:3715 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:20 0 - 2 6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:04   Team Def. Rebound
09:047 V. Radmanovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
08:52 0 - 4 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:417 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric 
3 - 4 
08:35   11 F. Pietrus Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Offensive foul)
08:187 V. Radmanovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   7 C. Julian Def. Rebound
08:087 V. Radmanovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
08:0210 M. Jaric Steal   
08:0110 M. Jaric Steal   6 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Bad Pass)
07:56   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
07:50   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
07:4310 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 5 - 4 
07:278 I. Rakocevic Def. Rebound   
07:27   7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:15   Team Def. Rebound
07:157 V. Radmanovic Turnover (Ball Handling)   
07:02 5 - 7 6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
06:4811 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric 
7 - 7 
06:3610 M. Jaric Steal   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:3210 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 9 - 7 
06:17   5 M. Gelabale Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:138 I. Rakocevic Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
8 I. Rakocevic Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
05:57 9 - 9 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:38   5 M. Gelabale Steal
05:387 V. Radmanovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
05:34Team Def. Rebound   
05:344 D. Bodiroga Steal   11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:34Substitution: 7 V. Radmanovic out,
4 D. Bodiroga in 
  
05:1911 Z. Rebraca Turnover (Ball Handling)   
05:18   7 C. Julian Steal
05:0515 M. Gurovic Def. Rebound   
05:05   7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:4710 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 15 M. Gurovic 
12 - 9 
04:368 I. Rakocevic Steal   11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Ball Handling)
04:168 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 14 - 9 
03:484 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound   
03:48   7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:3311 Z. Rebraca Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
11 Z. Rebraca Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
03:33   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
8 M. Pietrus in
03:15   7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 C. Julian
03:12 14 - 11 7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE
03:00   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
03:008 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2) 15 - 11 
03:008 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(2/2) 16 - 11 
02:42 16 - 14 5 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
02:2311 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 D. Bodiroga 
18 - 14 
02:08 18 - 16 7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale
02:08   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
12 J. Schmitt in
01:5010 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 D. Bodiroga 
20 - 16 
01:3311 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:27   13 B. Diaw Off. Rebound
01:27   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:198 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 23 - 16 
00:57   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 A. Rigaudeau
00:39   6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Schmitt
00:3211 Z. Rebraca Turnover (Ball Handling)   
00:2711 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound   
00:26 23 - 18 12 J. Schmitt 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 A. Rigaudeau
00:07   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
00:0710 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 M. Jaric Def. Rebound
00:00   12 J. Schmitt 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeSERBIA & MONTENEGROScoreFRANCE
09:40   8 M. Pietrus Turnover (Bad Pass)
09:1915 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 D. Bodiroga 
26 - 18 
08:54Team Def. Rebound   
08:54   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Travelling)
08:54Substitution: 11 Z. Rebraca out,
12 N. Krstic in 
  
08:54Substitution: 10 M. Jaric out,
6 V. Avdalovic in 
  
08:40   12 J. Schmitt Def. Rebound
08:418 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:38   9 T. Parker Turnover (Backcourt violation)
08:38Team Def. Rebound   
08:38Timeout   
08:20   8 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:204 D. Bodiroga Free throw missed(1/2)   
08:204 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(2/2) 27 - 18 
08:0312 N. Krstic Def. Rebound   
08:03   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:47   12 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
07:47   Substitution: 12 J. Schmitt out,
14 F. Weis in
07:4712 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(1/2) 28 - 18 
07:4712 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(2/2) 29 - 18 
07:26 29 - 20 8 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale
07:13   Team Def. Rebound
07:1312 N. Krstic Turnover (Ball Handling)   
07:004 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
07:00Substitution: 15 M. Gurovic out,
9 V. Scepanovic in 
  
07:00 29 - 21 8 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2)
07:00 29 - 22 8 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2)
06:47   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
06:47Substitution: 8 I. Rakocevic out,
10 M. Jaric in 
  
06:47   Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
11 F. Pietrus in
06:4712 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(1/2) 30 - 22 
06:4712 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(2/2) 31 - 22 
06:186 V. Avdalovic Def. Rebound   
06:20   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:024 D. Bodiroga 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric 
34 - 22 
05:3612 N. Krstic Def. Rebound   
05:37   11 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:23   11 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
05:23   Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
05:234 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(1/2) 35 - 22 
05:234 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(2/2) 36 - 22 
05:06 36 - 24 14 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 A. Rigaudeau
04:5012 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 38 - 24 
04:29 38 - 26 14 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
04:016 V. Avdalovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 D. Bodiroga 
  
04:01   Team Def. Rebound
04:014 D. Bodiroga Turnover (Travelling)   
04:01Substitution: 6 V. Avdalovic out,
8 I. Rakocevic in 
  
03:434 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound   14 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:4210 M. Jaric Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
03:42   Team Off. Rebound
03:2614 F. Weis Def. Rebound   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:174 D. Bodiroga 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:079 V. Scepanovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
03:07Timeout   
03:07 38 - 27 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:07 38 - 28 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:51   9 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)
02:514 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(1/2) 39 - 28 
02:514 D. Bodiroga Free throw missed(2/2)   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
02:4512 N. Krstic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
02:45Substitution: 4 D. Bodiroga out,
7 V. Radmanovic in 
  
02:45 39 - 29 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:45 39 - 30 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:25   8 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound
02:258 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:19 39 - 32 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:19Timeout   
02:03   Team Def. Rebound
02:0312 N. Krstic Turnover (Ball Handling)   6 A. Rigaudeau Steal
01:50   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 8 M. Pietrus
01:497 V. Radmanovic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
01:49 39 - 33 8 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:4912 N. Krstic Def. Rebound   8 M. Pietrus Free throw missed(2/2)
01:24   6 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound
01:2510 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:0812 N. Krstic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)   
01:08Timeout   
01:08 39 - 34 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:08 39 - 35 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:4612 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 8 I. Rakocevic 
41 - 35 
00:28   9 T. Parker Turnover (Bad Pass)
00:28Team Def. Rebound   
00:047 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 V. Scepanovic 
44 - 35 
00:00   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeSERBIA & MONTENEGROScoreFRANCE
09:449 V. Scepanovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
09:40 44 - 37 6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
09:198 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   7 C. Julian Block
09:01 44 - 40 6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:41   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
08:2910 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 Z. Rebraca 
  
08:1411 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 C. Julian Def. Rebound
08:06 44 - 42 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:50   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
07:5010 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   11 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound
07:428 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:218 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:07Team Def. Rebound   
07:0710 M. Jaric Steal   5 M. Gelabale Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:07Timeout   
06:52   8 M. Pietrus block
06:5411 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
06:25 44 - 44 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
06:0910 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 46 - 44 
05:567 V. Radmanovic Def. Rebound   
05:56   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:40   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)
05:33   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
05:3310 M. Jaric Free throw missed(1/2)   
05:3310 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(2/2) 47 - 44 
05:168 I. Rakocevic Steal   5 M. Gelabale Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:117 V. Radmanovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 I. Rakocevic 
49 - 44 
05:11Timeout   
04:579 V. Scepanovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
04:4411 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound   
04:436 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:339 V. Scepanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound
04:15   6 A. Rigaudeau Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)
6 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Offensive foul)
03:5810 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:44   8 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
03:448 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 51 - 44 
03:2710 M. Jaric Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
03:27   6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw missed(1/2)
03:27 51 - 45 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:27   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
9 T. Parker in
03:127 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 I. Rakocevic 
54 - 45 
02:50 54 - 47 7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:298 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
02:22 54 - 49 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:027 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric 
57 - 49 
01:39 57 - 51 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
01:12   9 T. Parker Def. Rebound
01:138 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:098 I. Rakocevic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
01:09Substitution: 11 Z. Rebraca out,
12 N. Krstic in 
  
01:09Substitution: 9 V. Scepanovic out,
15 M. Gurovic in 
  
01:09   Substitution: 8 M. Pietrus out,
11 F. Pietrus in
00:50 57 - 53 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:35   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)
00:35Substitution: 8 I. Rakocevic out,
6 V. Avdalovic in 
  
00:35   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in
00:3510 M. Jaric Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:3510 M. Jaric Free throw missed(2/2)   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
00:3015 M. Gurovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
00:256 V. Avdalovic Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:1815 M. Gurovic Turnover (Ball Handling)   
00:17   9 T. Parker Steal
00:0212 N. Krstic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   
00:02 57 - 54 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:0212 N. Krstic Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker Free throw missed(2/2)
00:006 V. Avdalovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
TimeSERBIA & MONTENEGROScoreFRANCE
09:38 57 - 56 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:1615 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:16   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
09:11 57 - 58 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:54   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
08:54Substitution: 10 M. Jaric out,
8 I. Rakocevic in 
  
08:54Substitution: 6 V. Avdalovic out,
4 D. Bodiroga in 
  
08:54Substitution: 7 V. Radmanovic out,
6 V. Avdalovic in 
  
08:5412 N. Krstic Free throw missed(1/2)   
08:5412 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(2/2) 58 - 58 
08:444 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
08:26 58 - 61 5 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
08:03   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
08:0415 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound
07:5411 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
07:364 D. Bodiroga 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:23 58 - 63 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
07:23Timeout   
07:23Substitution: 6 V. Avdalovic out,
10 M. Jaric in 
  
07:0215 M. Gurovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 8 I. Rakocevic 
60 - 63 
06:434 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound   5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:43   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)
06:23   Team Def. Rebound
06:2315 M. Gurovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
06:08   11 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:59   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)
05:59   Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in
05:59   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
05:5910 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(1/2) 61 - 63 
05:5910 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(2/2) 62 - 63 
05:4215 M. Gurovic Def. Rebound   
05:43   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:27   13 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
05:27   Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
8 M. Pietrus in
05:2712 N. Krstic Free throw missed(1/2)   
05:2712 N. Krstic Free throw missed(2/2)   7 C. Julian Def. Rebound
05:0212 N. Krstic Def. Rebound   
05:03   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:5115 M. Gurovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   8 M. Pietrus Block
04:49   8 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
04:49   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
11 F. Pietrus in
04:4912 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(1/2) 63 - 63 
04:4912 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(2/2) 64 - 63 
04:33   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:3312 N. Krstic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)   
04:25Team Def. Rebound   
04:25   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Out of bounds)
03:588 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 N. Krstic 
  
03:5612 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:568 I. Rakocevic Steal   
03:568 I. Rakocevic Turnover (Ball Handling)   
03:56   9 T. Parker Steal
03:5615 M. Gurovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
03:484 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)   
03:48 64 - 64 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:48 64 - 65 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:314 D. Bodiroga 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:31   13 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
03:3115 M. Gurovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 65 - 65 
03:3115 M. Gurovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 66 - 65 
03:1110 M. Jaric Steal   
03:065 D. Milicic Steal   8 M. Pietrus Turnover (Ball Handling)
03:0610 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   13 B. Diaw Block
03:04 66 - 67 8 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:044 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)   
03:04 66 - 68 8 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/1)
02:3910 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
02:13   8 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus
02:00 66 - 70 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:00Timeout   
01:428 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 68 - 70 
01:20   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus
01:10 68 - 72 11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE
01:054 D. Bodiroga 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric 
71 - 72 
01:0512 N. Krstic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 5th)   
01:05Substitution: 12 N. Krstic out,
11 Z. Rebraca in 
  
01:05   11 F. Pietrus Free throw missed(1/2)
01:05 71 - 73 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:5111 Z. Rebraca Offensive Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)
11 Z. Rebraca Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
00:4211 Z. Rebraca Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)   
00:42   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(1/2)
00:4215 M. Gurovic Def. Rebound   13 B. Diaw Free throw missed(2/2)
00:19   6 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound
00:1915 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:154 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 5th)   
00:15Timeout   
00:15Timeout   
00:15Substitution: 4 D. Bodiroga out,
9 V. Scepanovic in 
  
00:15   6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw missed(1/2)
00:15 71 - 74 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:10   13 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 3rd)
00:10Timeout   
00:10   Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
5 M. Gelabale in
00:10Substitution: 9 V. Scepanovic out,
5 D. Milicic in 
  
00:1010 M. Jaric Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:1010 M. Jaric Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 5 D. Milicic 
  
00:065 D. Milicic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:06   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 5th)
00:06   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
13 B. Diaw in
00:0611 Z. Rebraca Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:0611 Z. Rebraca Free throw missed(2/2)   
00:01Substitution: 11 Z. Rebraca out,
9 V. Scepanovic in 
  
00:01Substitution: 5 D. Milicic out,
7 V. Radmanovic in 
  
00:007 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   

Accumulated statistics

Serbia & Montenegro France
22/53FG M/A27/56
13/28 (46.4%) FG2P M/A23/39 (59.0%)
9/25 (36.0%) FG3P M/A4/17 (23.5%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A16/23 (69.6%)
31 (4-27) Reb (O-D) 36 (8-28)
14AS10
16TO15
11ST5
0BS4
23PF22
71Pts74

top performers

Serbia & Montenegro France

Dejan Bodiroga

 

Antoine Rigaudeau

10Pts14
5Reb5
3AS2
1ST1
0BS0
21Min28

GAME PREVIEW

20.09.2005
Serbia & Montenegro And France Meet For EuroBasket Survival

Serbia & Montenegro play their most important game of this tournament on Tuesday night so far with the greatest variable factor - their fans.

Should the host nation get off to a good start against France, they will have their fans' support throughout the game. But should they stumble early, will the crowd turn on them as they did against Spain?

France too have some intangibles to worry about, most notably the poor play of San Antonio point guard Tony Parker so far in the tournament.

Parker is said to be playing with nagging injuries and has so far failed to have the expected impact for Les Bleus, highlighted by his lacklustre performance against Slovenia when he went 1-12 from the field for only two points and one assist.

Boris Diaw (France)
Boris Diaw has been France's best player at EuroBasket, but his struggled from the free throw line
He is averaging only 4.7 points per game so far in the tournament on 25.9% shooting.

Also of interest for the visitors, is whether Phoenix Suns swingman Boris Diaw has the mental strength to get himself out of a terrible free-throw shooting slump that may well have cost his team the game against Slovenia - and as a result either an automatic place in the quarter-finals or an 'easier' elimination game.

Diaw went 0-11 from the foul line against the eventual Group C winners and is a combined 4-22 from the charity stripe over the course of the three group games.

While Parker and Diaw may seem like the main culprits, the entire French team has struggled, shooting barely 40% from the field, 48% from the free-throw line and 20.4% from three point range in the group games.

The host nation got to work immediately after their win over Latvia on Sunday night as Serbia & Montenegro coach Zeljko Obradovic proceeded to watch film of France's games.

"I have the greatest amount of respect for the French team. They have shown in recent years that they are one of the best and most improved sides in European basketball.

"We played them in the tournament in Istanbul so I think we know already quite a bit about their style," Obradovic said.

"They are a very athletic team who likes to play a transition game. What we really need to do against them is keep them off the boards. They are an excellent rebounding side and the priority is to keep them from getting offensive rebounds.

"They may not be the team with the tallest players, but they see rebounding as something all five players should do and that's why they're good at it."

Obradovic's French counterpart Claude Bergeaud says France failed to live up to expectations and now are paying a huge price for it.

"We thought we could finish second in our group and thereby avoid having to play Serbia & Montenegro but it didn't work out that way.

"Now we need a miracle to get past this team. But if we can produce for 40 minutes the best basketball we've played here and there over the first three games, I say to myself 'Why not?'"

France are without a doubt the heavy underdogs in the game, as they have failed to play with some consistency in their Group C games.

Serbia & Montenegro on the other hand, fell to Spain on opening night, but have since recovered and lived up to expectations with two solid wins.

French guard Antoine Rigaudeau expects them to be tough to handle all over the court.

"They are tall and strong inside and out. They have a lot of well-rounded players who are more than capable of doing their share for the team," said the captain.

But France's Cyril Julian believes the pressure is really on Serbia & Montenegro to deliver what their fans expect - a win and a match-up with Lithuania in the quarter finals.

"They are the ones playing in front of thousands of fans in the arena, so they are the ones with the pressure on their shoulders. We're going into this game a bit disappointed with ourselves, but with nothing to lose really," said the center.

"However, for us to be able to put together the best 40 minutes possible, we'll need a lot more energy than what we've shown so far."

But Obradovic gives a final warning of his own - that Serbia & Montenegro don't expect an easy game and won't take anything for granted.

"We're in the elimination game round despite a very bad first game. The players have worked very hard to get to this point and the stakes are too high to take any team lightly. So we will be ready on Tuesday night."