Referees: Petros Papapetrou (GRE), Tomislav Hordov (CRO), Igor Mitrovski (MKD)
France Prevail In Tense Finish
Clement Faroux scored 10 points and rebounded his own missed free throw with 8.1 seconds left to secure France's 72-70 victory over Italy in the Qualifying Round Group F of the U18 European Championship Men.
Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Dinal collected eight points and 10 rebounds for France, who improved to 2-1 in the group.
Italy dropped to 1-2 in the group despite 26 points from Amedeo Della Valle and 22 points from Amedeo Tessitori.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with neither team leading by more than five points with five lead changes and four tied games and France leading 23-18 after one period.
France pushed the lead to nine points at 27-18 before watching Italy pull to within 33-32. But the French were ahead 42-35 at halftime.
In the third quarter, France led by as many as eight points and were up 56-50 when Italy went on a 7-0 run for a 57-56 lead, which was then gone at the end of the period with Italy leading 58-57.
Italy pushed back ahead 63-61 before Faroux made two layups in building a 70-65 advantage. Italy pulled within 72-70 with two foul shots by Tessitori with 27 seconds remaining, setting up Faroux's big rebound.