France Finish Fifth

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.

Croatia, France For Fifth

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.



NoNamePos. HeightBirth datePlace of birthCurrent club
 4Antoine Diot PG 1.90 17.01.1989 Bourg En Bresse (FRA)  LE MANS (France-Pro A) 
 5Nicolas Batum GF 2.03 14.12.1988 Lisieux (FRA)  PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (USA-NBA) 
 6Aymeric Jeanneau 1.85 10.10.1978 La Roche sur Yon (FRA)  ADECCO ASVEL (France-Pro A) 
 7Alain Koffi FC 2.04 23.11.1983 Yopougnon (CIV)  LE MANS (France-Pro A) 
 8Ian Mahinmi PF 2.06 05.11.1986 Rouen (FRA)  AUSTIN TORROS (USA-D-League) 
 9Tony Parker PG 1.88 17.05.1982 Brugge (BEL)  SAN ANTONIO SPURS (USA-NBA) 
10Yannick Bokolo 1.90 19.06.1985 Kinshasa (COD)  GRAVELINES-DUNKERQUE (France-Pro A) 
11Florent Pietrus PF 2.01 19.01.1981 Abymes (FRA)  PAMESA VALENCIA (Spain-ACB) 
12Nando De Colo 1.95 23.06.1987 Sainte Catherine (FRA)  CHOLET (France-Pro A) 
13Boris Diaw PF 2.05 16.04.1982 Cormeilles (FRA)  CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (USA-NBA) 
14Ronny Turiaf 2.06 13.01.1983 Fort de France (FRA)  GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (USA-NBA) 
15Ali Traore FC 2.05 28.02.1985 Treichville (CIV)  ASVEL (France-Pro A) 


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See You In Turkey

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, Turkey Meet On The Rebound

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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Spain Ride Gasol Past France17.09.2009
France Face Spain Test17.09.2009
France Remain Unbeaten15.09.2009
France, Greece Fight For Top Spot In Group E14.09.2009
France Remain Perfect, Top Croatia13.09.2009
Quarter-Final Bound France Take On Croatia12.09.2009
France Katowice Bound After Demolition Of F.Y.R.O.M.11.09.2009
France Look To Avoid Letdown11.09.2009
Preliminarily Perfect09.09.2009




PTST. Parker17.8
RTR. Turiaf5.7
AST. Parker4.4
STT. Parker1.8
BSR. Turiaf1.1


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07.09.2009vs GER[W] 70-65
08.09.2009vs LAT[W] 60-51
09.09.2009vs RUS[W] 69-64
11.09.2009vs MKD[W] 83-57
13.09.2009vs CRO[W] 87-79
15.09.2009vs GRE[W] 71-69
17.09.2009vs ESP[L] 66-86
19.09.2009vs TUR[W] 80-68
20.09.2009vs CRO[W] 69-62



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