France won Group F of the Qualifying Round in the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men after a 68-64 triumph over Spain.
The teams arrived to the game knowing the winner will win the top spot in the group and produced the expected intensity.
France is the only team to remain perfect and go into the Quarter-Finals with a 5-0 record, before meeting the hosting team of Lithuania.
Spain lost their last two games and will try to regain their winning streak against Turkey in a very promising Quarter-Final match.
Three players led France with 11 points each - Hugo Invernizzi, Yannis Morin and Livio Jean-Charles who stepped up in the last minutes of the game.
Daniel Diez led Spain with 19 points and seven rebounds, but was the only player for Spain to reach double-digits.
"We played against a very competitive Spanish team. They are very physically strong at every position and it's not easy to play against them," said Tahar Assed-Liegeon of the French bench.
"Both teams didn't shoot the ball well from distance today, but I think the key for our win was that we maintained the ball better," he explained.
Morin scored the last six points of France in the first quarter, topped with a big dunk, to
make it 15-10.
Both teams struggled from the arc, and reached the break with a not very impressive total of one made three pointer in 15 attempts.
Bangura helped push the gap to nine, 29-20, but Spain went with Diez and Pampano to cut it just to three, but France figured the way to stay on top and hold a 38-32 margin at the break.
Diez was the dominating under the boards and when Pampano joined him Spain tied the game at 47-47 close to the third quarter buzzer.
A three-pointer by Suarez put Spain up by four, 55-51, and the game clock showed 05:55, and that's when Jean-Charles made his mark.
He scored seven big points, including some big offensive rebounds and stops on defense, that left Spain speechless.
When he was done France was up 68-62 and Spain had less than a minute to fix it.
Not enough for this night.