Again Cisse, again France Triumphs

05.04.2004

Karlo Dzeverlija, KK

As expected of the match between France and Finland, Finland departs the fight for the European Championships, while France becomes the most solid candidate for first place in group C.

Up until the 18th minute the Scandinavians were 'equal' on the scoreboard. But it took only France 2 minutes to take a significant lead, thanks to Souarata Cisse. Just like in yesterday's game against Croatia the 195cm forward was the most energized 'Tricolor' (16 points in the first half).

During the third quarter, the just mentioned player initiated a series that led France to a +16 lead. With this the game was effectively over even prior to the ending buzzer. The French coach took advantage of this and in the last 10 minutes put in the game players with less game time. In this spirit France expanded their lead until the final 80:51 (19:15, 32:25, 57:41)
Souarata ended the game with 24 points and seven rebounds, while playmaker Turo Lahtonen led Finland with 17 points.


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