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.
France came back from a 19 point first-half deficit to beat Turkey 80-68 and clinch their place in next year's World Championship in the first 5th-8th place game in Katowice.
Tony Parker had game-highs of 28 points and 10 assists as he bounced back from a sub-par performance against Spain to lead the way for Les Bleus .
France will look to bounce back from their lopsided Quarter-Final defeat against Spain and take a step towards securing a place in next year's World Championship when they face Turkey in the first of Saturday's 5th-8th place games.
After winning their first six games, Les Bleus lost to Spain 86-66 on Thursday, but are well aware there is still something to play for in their remaining two games, having learned that the hard way over the past two years.
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