France beat Georgia 65-58 to secure third place in Group E of the qualifying round and guarantee that they will finish in the top eight.
Leo Westermann had 13 points and eight rebounds as Tahar Assed Liegeon’s men were in control for the better part of the game and, even though they gave up a double-digit lead late in the game, Georgia’s inexperience proved costly as France edged them out.
Georgia put together a furious fourth quarter rally to stun Israel 82-75 in Rethymnon today.
Mikhail Kobedshavidze’s men trailed 64-54 heading into the final period but used a three-point barrage to outscore Israel 26-9 in the fourth quarter and take a memorable win.
Dejan Musli had another impressive performance as he led Serbia to a 108-48 destruction of group minnows Georgia in the qualifying round tonight.
Musli, who had a rare triple double of points, rebounds and blocks in Serbia’s win against France in their last group game, had 28 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks even though he didn’t play in the second half.
Nicolo Melli led a balanced attack as Italy beat Georgia 88-56 to remain unbeaten in Group A.
The result means that Gasper Kolman’s men need to beat Slovenia tomorrow to secure a place in the tournament’s quarter-finals.
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