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.
Spain remain on course to successfully defend their title after convincingly beating France 65-46 to keep their unbeaten record intact.
A 13-2 run in the second quarter proved the turning point of the game as it helped Jota Cuspinera’s men take a 38-22 lead at the half and they were rarely threatened after that.
France turned good defense into easy offense to beat Italy 58-45 in a low-scoring affair in Rethymno.
Tahar Assed Liegeon’s men built a double-digit lead in the second quarter when, thanks to a stifling team defense, they forced their opponents into several turnovers that led to easy fast break opportunities, most of which they converted.
Lazar Radosavljevic led four players in double figures for Serbia as they cruised to a 78-66 win over France to remain undefeated and finish top of Group B in Rethimnon.
Dragan Vascanin’s men led for much of the game and were rarely threatened by a French side who were suffering from the effects of their overtime win over Israel last night.
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