Nando De Colo (pictured) scored 18 points and dished out seven assists to help France to ninth place at the U20 European Championship Men with a 91-82 victory over Croatia.
Aaron Cel and Fabien Causeur each added 16 points for the French, who dropped to ninth after sixth-placed showings in 2005 and 2006.
Croatia and France will face off on Sunday for ninth place at the U20 European Championship Men after collecting victories against Lithuania and Georgia, respectively.
Luka Drezga (pictured) scored 30 points and Ante Tomic had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Croatia's 96-82 win over Lithuania.
Onat Akis made two free throws with five seconds left and Mehmet Yagmur blocked a game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer to give Turkey an 80-79 victory over France, securing Turkey fourth place in Group E of the U20 European Championship Men.
The 2.05m Aurelien Salmon had his shot blocked by 1.86m Yagmur at the buzzer as Turkey finished 2-3 in the group while France fell to fifth at 1-4.
Six players scored in double figures as France collected their first victory in Group E of the U20 European Championship Men, 76-71 against Lithuania in Gorizia.
Marc Judith scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Nando De Colo had 11 poitns and seven steals for the French, who improved to 1-3 in the group.
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