France held off Croatia for a 69-62 win to take fifth place at EuroBasket 2009 in Katowice on Sunday.
Antoine Diot scored 18 points and Nando de Colo added 15 as the French used a 9-0 run in the first quarter to break a 9-9 score and they did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
Having secured their berths for next year's World Championship, both France and Croatia will look to give their less heralded players a chance to shine in the 5th-6th place game at EuroBasket 2009 on Sunday.
The French booked their place in Turkey for next summer after overcoming a 19-point first half deficit to beat none other than the Turks themselves, 80-68.
Roko-Leni Ukic scored 18 points and dished out eight assists to lead Croatia to a 76-69 victory over Russia in the 5th and 8th place games and help secure his nation a berth at the 2010 World Championship - their first appearance since 1994 in Toronto.
Ukic nailed a big three-pointer with a minute to play to give Croatia an insurmountable advantage, coming back from a 10-point deficit in the first half. Marin Rozic came off the bench for 14 points and three steals while Mario Kasun scored 12 points in 13 minutes of action.
A berth at the 2010 FIBA World Championship is up for grabs as Russia take on Croatia in the EuroBasket 2009 5th-8th place games Saturday afternoon in Katowice.
The winner will book their ticket to Turkey with Croatia having a strong sense of revenge as Russia won their Qualifying Round showdown just over a week ago. The loser of this contest will still likely have one more chance to qualify for the 2010 Worlds.