Russia rebounded from their disappointing loss in the final qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to knock off Turkey 89-66 to claim seventh place at EuroBasket 2009.
Vitalii Fridzon buried seven three-pointers in scoring 26 points and leading five Russians in double figures in Russia's final game as 2007 reigning champions.
Pride is at stake in the game for seventh place at EuroBasket 2009 as Russia face off against Turkey in their final game as reigning champions without a chance to reach next summer's FIBA World Championship.
Russia lost against Croatia in the 5th to 8th place games and with it their last qualification opportunity for the 2010 Worlds, which will be hosted by Turkey, who did not need to worry about qualifying.
France came back from a 19 point first-half deficit to beat Turkey 80-68 and clinch their place in next year's World Championship in the first 5th-8th place game in Katowice.
Tony Parker had game-highs of 28 points and 10 assists as he bounced back from a sub-par performance against Spain to lead the way for Les Bleus .
France will look to bounce back from their lopsided Quarter-Final defeat against Spain and take a step towards securing a place in next year's World Championship when they face Turkey in the first of Saturday's 5th-8th place games.
After winning their first six games, Les Bleus lost to Spain 86-66 on Thursday, but are well aware there is still something to play for in their remaining two games, having learned that the hard way over the past two years.
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