The Czech Republic held off a resurgent French side in the second half to edge them out 70-61 and take third place at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Afterwards, Czech head coach Romana Ptackova expressed her delight at the team's performance and their ability to focus on the game after a tough loss to Russia in the semi-finals.
France will look to bounce back from their most lopsided defeat of the tournament to finish third in the U18 European Championship for Women on Sunday.
In what was arguably their worst - and only their second - defeat of the tournament, the French fell behind early on and appeared to be a shadow of their former dominant/confident selves as they were humbled 68-45 by Lithuania, the last undefeated team in the competition.
Lithuania raced to a 20-3 first quarter lead and never looked back as they routed France 68-45 to reach their first ever final at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Afterwards, assistant coach Dalius Ubartas talked about the keys to victory for his team.
If all coaches could clearly and concisely express what their intentions, hopes and expectations are as well as Gregory Halin does, basketball would be far simpler for a lot of players.
The French head coach, who last year led the national team to the U16 title in Latvia, has a credo he abides by.
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