France, Turkey Win U18 Games Again

16.07.2005

France romped to their second straight triumph at the U18 European Champsionship in Belgrade with a 79-57 win over Germany on Saturday.

Richard Billant's team, 71-66 victors over Lithuania on Friday, will look to finish as Group A winners on Sunday when they take on Russia.

Turkey also improved to 2-0 after an 83-54 win over Poland.

They will complete their Group D campaign against hosts Serbia & Montenegro.

In France's win, Germany started the game with a 10-1 run only for France to go on one themselves and tie the contest at 11-11 midway through the opening quarter.

France moved in front for the first time with just over six minutes played, Nicolas Batum's dunk giving them a 15-13 advantage.

Nicolai Simon (Germany)
Nicolai Simon
That started a 12-3 spurt and gave Les Bleuets a 25-16 lead, but in a game of big surges it was Germany's turn.

Nicolai Simon poured in eight points in a 15-0 run as the Germans went back in front at 30-25.

Just when it seemed Germany had found their feet, though, they experienced a drought which lasted nearly eight minutes.

The French built a commanding 51-30 lead during that that time, and Heimo Förster's team would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

Simon finished with a game-high 20 points for Germany, while Aldo Curti had 14 to lead France.

The Germans turned the ball over 20 times to just eight for the French.

In the other game, Turkey established control early against Poland, leading 28-16 at end of the first quarter.

Though the Poles shaved two points off the deficit to trail 43-33 at half-time, they were quickly blown off course after the restart as the Turks outscored them 26-6 in the third quarter and cruised to the triumph.

Turkey, who had ever player in their squad score, outrebounded Poland 43-26.


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