France Snap Losing Streak

07.08.2008

After a hard nosed fight France beat Montenegro 66-62 and cut a two games losing streak.

France wrote a big win but needed a bigger margin in order to stay in the race for the semi-finals.

Montenegro suffered their second loss in a row and dropped to 3-2 as well, but still holds a chance to be in the semis.

In case Latvia will beat Serbia in the last game of the day five teams in the group will share the same 3-2 record.

Ludovic Vaty led France with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists, Adrien Moerman added 11 with eight rebounds while Abdoulaye Mbaye scored 11.

Vladimir Dasic led the losing side with 22 points and eight rebounds, and Nemanja Vranjes added 14.

France held the lead right from the start, behind an aggressive start on defense.

Montenegro couldn't connect points and reached only five after eight minutes, as France took an 18-7 lead after one quarter.

Dasic, who scored half of his team's points in the first half, woke up in the second quarter, moving his team closer to France but still down 31-26 at half time.

Sehovic came from the break with big desire and after three minutes we had a tied game.

After 2:30 minutes with no points Dasic dunked to put Montenegro on top. Sehovic added a three-ball early in the fourth to set it 40-46, but France was ready to revenge.

Moerman and Vaty led a 16-0 run which shocked Montenegro who didn't react in time.

The French lead climbed to 11, before Montenegro gave a last push, making it just a three point game with 24 seconds on the game clock, but Vranjes missed an attempt and France secured the win.


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