By Yarone Arbel
France finished Group D with a third win Saturday, and a rather easy one at that, 81-40 over Ukraine.
This win lifts France to a perfect 3-0 record on top of the group, while Ukraine will play the 13-16 relegation games
after losing all three games in the group.
Hugo Invernizzi was once again the top scorer with 18 points, Livio Jean-Charles added 12, while William Howard
scored ten with 11 rebounds and Yannis Morin added ten with nine boards.
Mykhaylo Volchanov was the only player for Ukraine to score in double-digits with 15.
France showed no mercy right from the start.
Howard and John combined points and assists to make it 16-6 after five minutes, but that was only the intro.
By the end of the first quarter France added an 11-2 run to write a 19 point gap after ten minutes.
Racine with a three-point play and Invernizzi in another good shooting day pushed the gap to 27 right before the
half time break, which allowed the French a comfortable rest before the second half.
Invernizzi, who scored ten points already in the first half, continued to collect points while the big guys cleared the
boars on the way to a 64-33 advantage in the rebounds.
Ukraine suffered from a very bad shooting day, and didn't find the way to fight back.
The margin kept growing and crossed the 40 point barrier before the buzzer stopped the sides.
Latvia Stop Serbia, Take Second
Latvia wrote a key win in Group D with an 85-75 win over Serbia.
With this win Latvia take the second spot in the group with a 2-1 record while Serbia is down to 1-2.
Latvia will carry this win to the Qualifying Round as well.
Ojars Silins led Latvia with 21 balanced points between the first and second half. Kaspars Vecvagars added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists while Visvaldis Bikse had 12.
Serbia saw 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists from the talented Nenad Miljenovic, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic added 11 and Vukasin Vujovic had 10.
Serbia enjoyed the better start and after Cvetkovic hit a three-pointer and held a 22-15 lead.
Six points in a row by Latvia sent the teams to the first stop with Serbia still up 28-27, but soon came a Latvian attack.
Vecvagars joined Slinis while all Serbia showed was a great first half by Miljenovic who had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Nevertheless his team stayed behind and a Silins three-pointer set the difference on 10, 49-39 at the half time.
Silins kept ht shooting performance on and pushed Latvia to a 16 point lead.
Serbia made a push but Vecvagars, Bikse and Slinis kept Serbia far enough, so the Latvian win won't be in jeopardy.