France98-68

21-21, 23-15, 31-18, 23-14

Spain

 

Date: 25.09.2005, 18:00hVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 18900
Referees:  Shmuel Bachar (ISR), Zoran Sutulovic (MNE)
TEAM LEADERS
France Spain
Tony Parker (25)PtsJuan Carlos Navarro (17)
Florent Pietrus (8)RebJorge Garbajosa (6), Felipe Reyes (6)
Tony Parker (5)ASJosé Calderón (2), Juan Carlos Navarro (2)
Tony Parker (3), Boris Diaw (3)STCarlos Jiménez (3)
4 players tied with 1BSFelipe Reyes (2), Fran Vazquez (2)

GAME REPORT

25.09.2005
France Win Bronze Medal

After 46 years, the French basketball team can finally return home from a EuroBasket with some hardware.

Tony Parker was magnificent with 25 points and five assists, Mickael Pietrus added 23 and France crushed Spain 98-63 to win bronze at the 2005 EuroBasket and bring home the country´s first medal in the competition since 1959.

France won their sixth EuroBasket medal overall, five of which are bronze, and broke a streak of 22 medal-less appearances.

“This is a great step for French basketball,” said Parker. “People will now stop saying we can´t win anything.”

Florent Pietrus (France)
Florent Pietrus
“This is an historical day for French basketball since we didn't win a medal since 1959,” added head coach Claude Bergeaud. “We won some medals with the youth national team, but we had a problem showing our best with the senior team.”

Les Bleus dominated the third quarter to take control of the game and Spain self-destructed to put the game out of reach. Up eight to start the second half, France opened the third on an 11-4 run to take a 55-40 lead and open up their biggest lead of the game at 15. Parker sparked the spurt by scoring seven points with a three-pointer to go along with two driving lay-ups.

Spain started to unravel and show their frustration midway through the third when Jose Calderon was whistled for a technical foul for kicking the advertising board surrounding the court after not getting a foul call. Florent Pietrus hit the technical free throws and France went up 59-43.

A little more than a minute later and in between a Mickael Pietrus three-pointer, Juan Carlos Navarro was called for a technical foul for complaining to the officials. Florent Pietrus hit one of two free technical free throws and Parker´s driving lay-up put the French in total command with a 65-43 lead with 3:12 remaining in the third.

The Pietrus brothers put an exclamation point on the third with two dunks in the final minute of the quarter and France led 75-54 going into the fourth.

“After halftime, my team was physcally down, ” said Spanish head coach Mario Pesquera. “We couldn´t stop them anymore – they were just too athletic.”

For the quarter, France outscored Spain 31-18.

France continued to pour it on the fourth and the crowd applauded as France´s starters began coming out of the game with under two minutes to go.

Frederic Fauthoux, who had logged just five minutes entering play today, hit a three with three seconds to go and received high-fives and hugs from his team-mates, who moments later celebrated their medal achievement.

“We have to continue this pace to the next World Championship,” said Gelabale.  “We digested what happened earlier in the tournament and played our best game tonight.”

Despite suffering heart-breaking one-point losses the night before, both teams opened up the first quarter shooting 50% and Spain´s Fran Vazquez´s hit a three as time expired in the quarter to tie the game at 21.

France outscored Spain 14-4 though the first six minutes of the second quarter and took a 44-36 advantage into the halftime locker room. The quarter concluded on a alley oop from Antoine Rigadeau to Gelabale.

Known in EuroBasket for defensive low-scoring basketball, France played a more up-tempo game, resulting in four fast-break electrifying dunks on the other end. The French also dominated down-low with a 46-16 points in the paint edge.

Their 44 points in the first half matched their highest total for EuroBasket 2005 and their 98 for the game was also a team best.
 
Mickael Gelabale and Florent Pietrus each contributed 13 for the victors.

Navarro, who entered today´s play as the leading scorer in EuroBasket with 26 a game, was held to 17. Jorge Garbajosa finished with 12 and Carlos Jimenez had 10.

Spain failed to medal in EuroBasket for the first time since 1997 after having claimed the silver in 1999 and 2003 and the bronze in 2001.

Although France came up short in their quest for gold following a disappointing loss to Greece last night, Parker takes many positives from EuroBasket 2005 in comparision to the team´s fourth place finish in 2003.

“We made a mistake two years ago when we lost the semi-finals to Lithuania and we didn't come ready for bronze medal game against Italy,” said Parker. “This time we didn´t.”

Top performers

France Spain

Mickael Pietrus

 

Felipe Reyes

23Pts9
5Reb6
2AS0
1ST1
0BS2

Accumulated statistics

France Spain
39/75FG M/A18/47
28/53 (52.8%) FG2P M/A10/30 (33.3%)
11/22 (50.0%) FG3P M/A8/17 (47.1%)
9/13 (69.2%) FT M/A24/33 (72.7%)
41 (24-17) Reb (O-D) 25 (12-13)
18AS6
14TO18
12ST7
4BS4
26PF17
98Pts68

PHOTO GALLERY

FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Fauthoux, F. 11/1100.00/00.01/1100.00/00.0101100003
5Gelabale, M. 276/785.75/683.31/1100.00/00.02132111013
*6Rigaudeau, A. 181/520.00/10.01/425.00/00.0112000043
*7Julian, C. 151/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0011000042
*8Pietrus, M. 218/1266.73/560.05/771.42/2100.03252110423
9Parker, T. 3310/2245.58/1650.02/633.33/475.01235430325
10Diarra, M. 11/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0011000002
*11Pietrus, F. 275/1050.05/955.60/10.03/560.05382221213
12Schmitt, J. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0202102010
*13Diaw, B. 284/666.73/560.01/1100.00/00.0213223149
14Weis, F. 162/366.72/366.70/00.01/250.0314110145
15Giffa, S. 80/30.00/20.00/10.00/00.0325210000
TEAM/COACH12320
TOTAL39/ 7552.028/ 5352.811/ 2250.09/1369.224174118141242698
SPAIN
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Fernandez, R. 60/30.00/20.00/10.00/00.0011000000
5Iturbe, I. DNP
6Cabezas, C. 130/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011100010
*7Navarro, J. 315/955.62/450.03/560.04/580.01012600417
*8Calderón, J. 241/520.00/20.01/333.32/2100.0101230015
*9Reyes, F. 252/540.02/540.00/00.05/862.5336021229
*10Jiménez, C. 323/933.33/837.50/10.04/666.72240230010
11Vidal, S. 151/250.01/1100.00/10.04/4100.0000002016
12Rodriguez, S. 30/00.00/00.00/00.01/250.0000010001
13De Miguel, I. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000020
14Vazquez, F. 193/650.01/425.02/2100.00/00.0101021238
*15Garbajosa, J. 293/837.51/425.02/450.04/666.73361200312
TEAM/COACH13400
TOTAL18/ 4738.310/ 3033.38/ 1747.124/3372.7121325618741768
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 Spain

Mickael Pietrus

 

Felipe Reyes

23Pts9
5Reb6
2AS0
1ST1
0BS2
21Min25

TEAM STATS

France Spain
39/75FG M/A18/47
28/53 (52.8%) FG2P M/A10/30 (33.3%)
11/22 (50.0%) FG3P M/A8/17 (47.1%)
9/13 (69.2%) FT M/A24/33 (72.7%)
41 (24-17) Reb (O-D) 25 (12-13)
18AS6
14TO18
12ST7
4BS4
26PF17
98Pts68

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeFRANCEScoreSPAIN
09:35 0 - 2 10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:116 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 M. Pietrus 
3 - 2 
08:52   8 J. Calderón 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 F. Reyes
08:466 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)    Foul drawn
08:46 3 - 3 8 J. Calderón Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:46 3 - 4 8 J. Calderón Free throw MADE(2/2)
08:34   9 F. Reyes 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 8 J. Calderón
08:1913 B. Diaw Steal   7 J. Navarro Turnover (Bad Pass)
08:0711 F. Pietrus Turnover (Other)   10 C. Jiménez Steal
07:43 3 - 7 7 J. Navarro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:3613 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 8 M. Pietrus 
  
07:36   9 F. Reyes block
07:206 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 F. Reyes Def. Rebound
07:06   15 J. Garbajosa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:39Team Turnover (24 secs)   
06:19 3 - 9 15 J. Garbajosa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:18Team Def. Rebound   
06:038 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw 
6 - 9 
05:50   7 J. Navarro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
05:498 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
05:478 M. Pietrus Steal   7 J. Navarro Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:4111 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 8 M. Pietrus 
8 - 9 
05:2711 F. Pietrus Steal   8 J. Calderón Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:2111 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 10 - 9 
05:028 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound   
05:04   10 C. Jiménez 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:4113 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 12 - 9 
04:3211 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound   15 J. Garbajosa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:188 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus 
  
04:1611 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
04:16   15 J. Garbajosa Def. Rebound
04:11 12 - 11 9 F. Reyes 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 15 J. Garbajosa
04:118 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
04:1111 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound   9 F. Reyes Free throw missed(1/1)
03:5511 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus 
  
03:5511 F. Pietrus Turnover (Other)   
03:55   Team Def. Rebound
03:44 12 - 13 9 F. Reyes 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:447 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
03:44   9 F. Reyes Free throw missed(1/1)
Off. Rebound: 15 J. Garbajosa
03:26 12 - 16 7 J. Navarro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:24Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in 
  
03:24Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
9 T. Parker in 
  
03:0711 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 F. Weis 
  
03:0214 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Tip-in) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 B. Diaw 
  
02:528 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 F. Pietrus 
15 - 16 
02:31   9 F. Reyes 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:318 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound   
02:31   7 J. Navarro Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
02:31Substitution: 8 M. Pietrus out,
5 M. Gelabale in 
  
02:1914 F. Weis Offensive Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)
14 F. Weis Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
02:06   8 J. Calderón Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:419 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   15 J. Garbajosa Def. Rebound
01:2811 F. Pietrus Steal   15 J. Garbajosa Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:22 Foul drawn   9 F. Reyes Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
01:229 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/2) 16 - 16 
01:229 T. Parker Free throw missed(2/2)   
01:155 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 18 - 16 
01:01   10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 J. Garbajosa
00:45   9 F. Reyes Turnover (Travelling)
00:45Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
15 S. Giffa in 
  
00:45   Substitution: 9 F. Reyes out,
14 F. Vazquez in
00:45   Substitution: 8 J. Calderón out,
6 C. Cabezas in
00:359 T. Parker Turnover (Bad Pass)   14 F. Vazquez Steal
00:30 18 - 18 7 J. Navarro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:129 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 21 - 18 
00:00 21 - 21 14 F. Vazquez 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 J. Navarro
TimeFRANCEScoreSPAIN
09:4515 S. Giffa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   15 J. Garbajosa Def. Rebound
09:22   14 F. Vazquez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:229 T. Parker Def. Rebound   
09:1415 S. Giffa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 C. Cabezas Def. Rebound
08:565 M. Gelabale Steal   14 F. Vazquez Turnover (Ball Handling)
08:5113 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale 
23 - 21 
08:37 23 - 23 7 J. Navarro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:109 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 S. Giffa 
  
08:0213 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker 
26 - 23 
07:45   10 C. Jiménez Turnover (Travelling)
07:45   Substitution: 10 C. Jiménez out,
4 R. Fernandez in
07:3113 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 28 - 23 
07:089 T. Parker Def. Rebound   7 J. Navarro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:549 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 14 F. Weis 
30 - 23 
06:32   4 R. Fernandez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 F. Vazquez
06:26 30 - 25 14 F. Vazquez 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
06:149 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 F. Weis 
  
06:1414 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 32 - 25 
06:14   7 J. Navarro Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
06:14Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in 
  
06:1414 F. Weis Free throw missed(1/1)   
06:14   Team Def. Rebound
06:0215 S. Giffa Def. Rebound   15 J. Garbajosa 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
05:475 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 15 S. Giffa 
34 - 25 
05:279 T. Parker Steal   7 J. Navarro Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:11   14 F. Vazquez Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
05:11Timeout   
05:11   Substitution: 15 J. Garbajosa out,
13 I. De Miguel in
05:11   Substitution: 6 C. Cabezas out,
8 J. Calderón in
05:069 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 R. Fernandez Def. Rebound
04:476 A. Rigaudeau Def. Rebound   14 F. Vazquez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:3515 S. Giffa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 F. Weis 
  
04:34   7 J. Navarro Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
04:34   Substitution: 7 J. Navarro out,
11 S. Vidal in
04:215 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 S. Giffa 
  
04:069 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 S. Giffa 
  
04:0615 S. Giffa Turnover (Travelling)   11 S. Vidal Steal
03:506 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
03:50   Substitution: 14 F. Vazquez out,
9 F. Reyes in
03:34 34 - 28 8 J. Calderón 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:206 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:2014 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
03:0315 S. Giffa Def. Rebound   4 R. Fernandez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:4514 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 15 S. Giffa 
36 - 28 
02:45   13 I. De Miguel Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
02:4514 F. Weis Free throw MADE(1/1) 37 - 28 
02:45Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in 
  
02:34   8 J. Calderón 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 F. Reyes
02:29   4 R. Fernandez 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:29   13 I. De Miguel Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
02:29Substitution: 15 S. Giffa out,
11 F. Pietrus in 
  
02:136 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 M. Gelabale 
  
02:05   11 S. Vidal Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
02:05   Substitution: 13 I. De Miguel out,
15 J. Garbajosa in
02:059 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/2) 38 - 28 
02:059 T. Parker Free throw MADE(2/2) 39 - 28 
01:537 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
01:5011 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
01:50   Substitution: 4 R. Fernandez out,
10 C. Jiménez in
01:47 39 - 30 11 S. Vidal 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 J. Calderón
01:259 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 A. Rigaudeau 
  
01:086 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 T. Parker 
  
00:587 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 C. Jiménez Def. Rebound
00:469 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
00:46Timeout   
00:46 39 - 31 15 J. Garbajosa Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:46 39 - 32 15 J. Garbajosa Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:335 M. Gelabale Turnover (Bad Pass)   
00:336 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
00:33Timeout   
00:33 39 - 33 11 S. Vidal Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:33 39 - 34 11 S. Vidal Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:265 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker 
42 - 34 
00:09 42 - 36 10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:005 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Alley-oop) MADE
Assist: 11 F. Pietrus 
44 - 36 
TimeFRANCEScoreSPAIN
09:41   10 C. Jiménez Turnover (Travelling)
09:189 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 M. Gelabale 
  
09:029 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale 
47 - 36 
08:4114 F. Weis Def. Rebound   11 S. Vidal 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:225 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker 
49 - 36 
08:0514 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
08:05 49 - 37 9 F. Reyes Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:05 49 - 38 9 F. Reyes Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:475 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 51 - 38 
07:2714 F. Weis Block   10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 10 C. Jiménez
07:185 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound   10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:589 T. Parker Turnover (Bad Pass)   10 C. Jiménez Steal
06:48   9 F. Reyes Turnover (Travelling)
06:48Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in 
  
06:359 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 53 - 38 
06:19 53 - 40 10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:579 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 55 - 40 
05:446 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)   
05:44Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
8 M. Pietrus in 
  
05:44   Substitution: 9 F. Reyes out,
7 J. Navarro in
05:44 55 - 41 10 C. Jiménez Free throw MADE(1/2)
05:44 55 - 42 10 C. Jiménez Free throw MADE(2/2)
05:269 T. Parker Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
9 T. Parker Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
05:105 M. Gelabale Block   15 J. Garbajosa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 15 J. Garbajosa
05:077 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)   
05:07Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
11 F. Pietrus in 
  
05:07 55 - 43 15 J. Garbajosa Free throw MADE(1/2)
05:0713 B. Diaw Def. Rebound   15 J. Garbajosa Free throw missed(2/2)
05:00   15 J. Garbajosa Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
05:008 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2) 56 - 43 
05:008 M. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2) 57 - 43 
04:5111 F. Pietrus Block   8 J. Calderón 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 10 C. Jiménez
04:5013 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
04:50 Foul drawn   8 J. Calderón Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
04:50   10 C. Jiménez Free throw missed(1/2)
04:50   10 C. Jiménez Free throw missed(2/2)
04:5011 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2) 58 - 43 
04:5011 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2) 59 - 43 
04:3313 B. Diaw Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
13 B. Diaw Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
04:1713 B. Diaw Steal   7 J. Navarro Turnover (Bad Pass)
04:14   15 J. Garbajosa Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
03:598 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker 
62 - 43 
03:51 Foul drawn   7 J. Navarro Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)
03:51Timeout   
03:5111 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2) 63 - 43 
03:5111 F. Pietrus Free throw missed(2/2)   
03:328 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 B. Diaw 
  
03:129 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 65 - 43 
03:019 T. Parker Steal   8 J. Calderón Turnover (Bad Pass)
02:5713 B. Diaw Turnover (Travelling)   
02:57   11 S. Vidal Steal
02:53 65 - 46 15 J. Garbajosa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 J. Calderón
02:31   Substitution: 10 C. Jiménez out,
14 F. Vazquez in
02:2513 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus 
  
02:1911 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE 67 - 46 
02:1213 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 3rd)   
02:12 67 - 47 7 J. Navarro Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:12 67 - 48 7 J. Navarro Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:519 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 69 - 48 
01:318 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)   
01:31Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in 
  
01:31 69 - 49 11 S. Vidal Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:31 69 - 50 11 S. Vidal Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:168 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus 
  
01:1011 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   
01:10   14 F. Vazquez block
01:028 M. Pietrus Off. Rebound   
01:028 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 71 - 50 
01:0213 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 4th)   
01:02Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
9 T. Parker in 
  
01:02   15 J. Garbajosa Free throw missed(1/2)
01:02 71 - 51 15 J. Garbajosa Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:528 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 73 - 51 
00:39   8 J. Calderón 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:39Team Def. Rebound   
00:39Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
7 C. Julian in 
  
00:3111 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker 
75 - 51 
00:06 75 - 54 15 J. Garbajosa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:0011 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
TimeFRANCEScoreSPAIN
09:418 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 78 - 54 
09:21   15 J. Garbajosa Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
15 J. Garbajosa Turnover (Offensive foul)
09:03   14 F. Vazquez Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
08:457 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 80 - 54 
08:307 C. Julian Def. Rebound   10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
08:26   6 C. Cabezas Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
08:049 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 C. Jiménez Def. Rebound
07:56   15 J. Garbajosa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:54   Team Off. Rebound
07:54   Substitution: 15 J. Garbajosa out,
9 F. Reyes in
07:4711 F. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
07:47   9 F. Reyes Free throw missed(1/2)
07:47 80 - 55 9 F. Reyes Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:207 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 F. Reyes Def. Rebound
07:12 80 - 58 7 J. Navarro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 C. Cabezas
06:509 T. Parker Turnover (Bad Pass)   9 F. Reyes Steal
06:469 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
06:46Timeout   
06:46Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
13 B. Diaw in 
  
06:327 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)   
06:32Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
14 F. Weis in 
  
06:32 80 - 59 9 F. Reyes Free throw MADE(1/2)
06:32 80 - 60 9 F. Reyes Free throw MADE(2/2)
06:108 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 83 - 60 
05:50   10 C. Jiménez 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
05:33 83 - 63 14 F. Vazquez 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 J. Navarro
05:109 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus 
  
04:529 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 85 - 63 
04:379 T. Parker Steal   14 F. Vazquez Turnover (Ball Handling)
04:308 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 87 - 63 
04:2514 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)   
04:25Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
12 J. Schmitt in 
  
04:25 87 - 64 7 J. Navarro Free throw MADE(1/3)
04:25   7 J. Navarro Free throw missed(2/3)
04:25 87 - 65 7 J. Navarro Free throw MADE(3/3)
04:028 M. Pietrus Turnover (Bad Pass)   10 C. Jiménez Steal
03:598 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)   
03:59 87 - 66 10 C. Jiménez Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:59 87 - 67 10 C. Jiménez Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:46   14 F. Vazquez Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
03:3811 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 89 - 67 
03:38   9 F. Reyes Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
03:3811 F. Pietrus Free throw missed(1/1)
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Schmitt 
  
03:169 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Schmitt 
  
02:549 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 8 M. Pietrus 
  
02:54   14 F. Vazquez block
02:52   Substitution: 6 C. Cabezas out,
12 S. Rodriguez in
02:528 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:42   Team Def. Rebound
02:3911 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound   7 J. Navarro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:35Substitution: 8 M. Pietrus out,
5 M. Gelabale in 
  
02:14Team Turnover (24 secs)   
02:0412 J. Schmitt Steal   12 S. Rodriguez Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:589 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 91 - 67 
01:43   14 F. Vazquez 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 F. Reyes
01:36   9 F. Reyes 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 7 J. Navarro
01:3613 B. Diaw block   
01:34   7 J. Navarro Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:3413 B. Diaw Steal   
01:299 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 93 - 67 
01:2012 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   
01:20Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
10 M. Diarra in 
  
01:20Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
4 F. Fauthoux in 
  
01:20   12 S. Rodriguez Free throw missed(1/2)
01:20 93 - 68 12 S. Rodriguez Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:049 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 F. Reyes Def. Rebound
00:5810 M. Diarra Def. Rebound   7 J. Navarro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:4910 M. Diarra 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
00:48Team Off. Rebound   
00:3612 J. Schmitt 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 4 F. Fauthoux 
  9 F. Reyes Block
00:2710 M. Diarra 2PtsFG (Alley-oop) MADE
Assist: 4 F. Fauthoux 
95 - 68 
00:0712 J. Schmitt Steal   7 J. Navarro Turnover (Bad Pass)
00:034 F. Fauthoux 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 J. Schmitt 
98 - 68 

Accumulated statistics

France Spain
39/75FG M/A18/47
28/53 (52.8%) FG2P M/A10/30 (33.3%)
11/22 (50.0%) FG3P M/A8/17 (47.1%)
9/13 (69.2%) FT M/A24/33 (72.7%)
41 (24-17) Reb (O-D) 25 (12-13)
18AS6
14TO18
12ST7
4BS4
26PF17
98Pts68

top performers

France Spain

Mickael Pietrus

 

Felipe Reyes

23Pts9
5Reb6
2AS0
1ST1
0BS2
21Min25

GAME PREVIEW

25.09.2005
France And Spain To Do Battle For Bronze Medal

France and Spain will today try to forget last night's demoralising semi-finals losses when they take to the court for the bronze medal game.

Both teams suffered heartbreaking one-point defeats to eventual finalists Greece and Germany respectively.

Jorge Garbajosa (Spain)
Jorge Garbajosa and Spain will be looking for a 4th consecutive EuroBasket medal today
Les Bleus led 62-55 with 40 seconds left in the game, but somehow Greece fought their way back and incredibly took the lead for good with three seconds left to play, 67-66, on a three-pointer by rising star of Greek basketball Dimitrios Diamantidis.

France have not appeared in a gold medal game since 1949.

French captain Antoine Rigaudeau tried to run the ball up the court in the closing seconds and create a scoring opportunity but was called for a traveling violation at half-court.

After the game, the teary-eyed captain was inconsolable and placed the blame fully on himself for missing two of four free-throws in the last 14 seconds of the game.

"It's not normal for me to be missing from the free-throw line. I have no excuses. I apologise to my team-mates, to the coaching staff and to the fans. This loss is my own fault," he said.

Rigaudeau couldn't even talk about the bronze medal game - one he may sit out as he is said to have picked up an injury during the semi-final.

However, his team-mate Boris Diaw was more optimistic about the way France had played and emphasized there was still something to play for.

"We're all disappointed naturally. We played well for 39 minutes and faltered the last. And because of all the time-outs, those last 60 seconds seemed like an eternity," said France's leading scorer this tournament.

"But the competition is not over yet. There is a bronze medal to play for, and we need to play our best to take it home."

Spain suffered an equally disheartening one-point defeat to the hands of Germany, 74-73, as Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki hit a baseline jumper with three seconds left to play that gave Dirk Bauermann's the lead and final score.

The loss was very hard to swallow for Mario Pasquera's men as they came back from a seven-point deficit, 72-65, with a minute and 44 seconds left to play, to take the lead on a Juan Carlos Navarro floater with 14 seconds to go in the game.

The leading scorer in the tournament had Spain's last nine points, including all eight of the 8-0 run that got Spain from being seven down, 72-65, to being one up, 73-72, with 14 seconds left in the game.

Pesquera's men were let down by their three-point shooting, converting only two of 19 attempts on the night, while Germany shot a reasonable 13 of 33 from beyond the arc.

Spain will be disappointed not to be able to go one better than in Sweden two years ago, when they took the silver medal after losing to Lithuania.

But Spanish captain Carlos Jimenez warned his team-mates and he could not afford to dwell on the semi-final loss.

"We need to forget this defeat as quickly as possible and concentrate on the bronze medal game. We don't want to go home empty handed," said Jimenez.

"It will not be an easy game, but we are determined to go home with a medal," he added.

For the fans, this game should prove highly entertaining, high scoring and fast paced as the tournament's most athletic team - France - takes on the highest scoring one - Spain.