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Group:  C | 10.07.2010, 16:45h
Group:  C | 10.07.2010, 16:45h
60-59
10 - 1624 - 1212 - 1814 - 13
10 - 1624 - 1212 - 1814 - 13
Venue: Makarska (CRO) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Marko Juras (SRB), Dragan Kralj (BIH), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT)

GAME REPORT


France Edge Russia In Thrilling Finale

Another tight game, another bullet dodged and yet another tight win for Les Bleus at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 as they sneaked past Russia 60-59 to come out unbeaten at the top of Group C.

Winning close games is not a bad habit to have and once again it was defensive intensity in the closing stages that mattered for France although not as much as a missed shot by Russian standout Vladimir Ivlev on the buzzer who found himself a little out of range and with a hand in his face.

Both teams went into the contest with two wins from two and the quality showed in a titanic struggle which never reduced in intensity from tip to buzzer.

France couldn't get their shooting game going from outside while Russia were barely much better but in the end, the defensive pressure and superior finishing of France around the basket was pivotal (watch French postgame reaction here).

Tied 46-46 after three quarters, France then found themselves 57-53 ahead but couldn't make a decisive break and reach safe ground early.

Consequently it set up a thrilling climax but a missed free-throw by Fedor Klyuchnikov with just 12 seconds to go denied Russia the chance of a possible overtime while Ivlev couldn't force the win on the resulting possession from the offensive rebound.

Point guard Andrew Albicy was again impressive for France with 10 points, 7 assists and 3 steals while centre Ferdinand Prenom enjoyed his night with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Grigory Andreev was the top scorer in the game with 18 points for the losing team.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.4%

26/56
FG
M/A

34.0%

16/47

64.9%

24/37
FG2P
M/A

40.0%

10/25

10.5%

2/19
FG3P
M/A

27.3%

6/22

54.5%

6/11
FT
M/A

77.8%

21/27

39

17/22
RT
RO/RD

30

13/17

8

AS

9

17

TO

15

7

ST

7

0

BS

2

25

PF

16

60

Pts

59

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