No Chance For Poland As France Cruise

31 July 2009

A worrying injury of Christelle Diallo overshadowed a real master class as France maintained their 100% record with a devastating display in their 96-39 destruction of Poland.

The forward was carried from the court by her anxious team-mates after turning her ankle in the paint but Coach Guppillotte was optimistic that she can recover and with two wins in the bag, he can afford the luxury of resting his player if she fails to recover.

"Christelle Sometimes shouts when things happen and so we don't yet know if it is important for us or not."

"We will see the situation overnight and while I will not keep my match up players on the bench for the final game, we can at least rest her if we need to."

France racked up a staggering 21 points inside the first five minutes of the game, mainly offence generated from, as promised by Coach Guppillotte, even better defence than they showed against Lithuania in game one.

They also found their outside game, again, as promised and knocked down a flurry of triples. This meant that barely seven minutes into the contest, France had a lead of over 20 points.

They weren't finished there however and inside the last few moments of the quarter took things to an even greater level to lead by an astonishing margin of 36-6.

Seven triples in the period might have suggested poor perimeter defence from Poland but far from it, the French moved the ball superbly well to get open looks while the forwards persistently kicked the ball out to the shooters.

To their credit, Poland showed some great heart and scored the first 5 points of the second period but it was only temporary respite and far from enough to stem the French tide. Sabrine Bouzenna claimed 15 points in the half (including three triples) to hand France a stunning 53-19 lead.

France continued to pick their opponents apart in the second half and by the time the final buzzer sounded, they had Stievenard, Bouzenna, Niamke, Chevaugeon and Plust all on double figure scores.

That buzzer certainly ended the nightmare for Poland ith the exception of Magdalena Koperwas who managed to score 17 points against the French onslaught. Certainly the win against Germany in the first game could prove to be the real salvation for Poland.

Coach Guppillotte meanwhile praised his players for not being tempted to take their foot off the gas and is confident further improvements an yet be made.

"All the way in tournaments we are always the same. The first game is not so good, and we get better with every game we play."

"My players need time to ease their way into the competition and we showed a lot of respect in this game."

"We have a lot of talent but we sometimes have a problem of concentration. The final score today was not important - this was all about the way that we played and kept our intensity."

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