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17.08.2013, 16:30h
17.08.2013, 16:30h
58-53
14 - 1010 - 1818 - 1016 - 15
14 - 1010 - 1818 - 1016 - 15
Venue: Kyiv |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Aleksandar Glisic (SRB), Roman Ponomarenko (UKR), Mindaugas Vecerskis (LTU)

GAME REPORT


France Edge Germany For Shot At Fifth

13. Stéphane Gombauld (France)
Stéphane Gombauld once more came to rescue for France, pouring in 17 points and pulling down 6 rebounds

France edged out Germany in a tense battle for a shot at fifth place in the U16 European Championship Men.

Stephane Gombauld scored 17 points and Luc Loubaki had 14 as France held off Germany in a close fourth period.

The contest swung this way and that over the course of the opening three quarters.

France led in the early going after a 7-0 run early on, but Germany turned it around with a 15-2 spurt in the second quarter, Jakob Merz scoring six of them as they went 25-16 ahead.

Amine Noua's three quickly brought France back within three points and they continued to cut away at the deficit in the third quarter, before using an 8-0 spurt to lead 42-36 on Antoine Blaess' three-pointer.

Germany were back within two when Leon Kratzer opened the scoring in the fourth quarter and a tense battle followed as the teams traded blows.

Richard Freudenberg's three-pointer tied the game at 49-49 with 4:10 to go but having got back on level terms, Germany could not get their noses in front and a three-point play from Gombauld made it 55-51 with 2:38 to go.

Both defences stood tall and time had ticked down to less than a minute to go before the score changed again, with Niklas Kiel splitting a pair of free throws for Germany.

When Gombauld missed for France Kratzer grabbed the rebound and drew a foul for Germany, also splitting the free throws as the gap dropped to two with 30 seconds left.

Germany needed a stop but could not get it as a smart France move ended with Gombauld floating a long two for a four second edge with 15 ticks left.

When Kiel missed a three Germany were forced to foul, and Loubaki split a pair from the line to ice it for France, who will now play Croatia for fifth place and a ticket to the U17 FIBA World Championship.

Kiel led Germany with 12 points.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

34.5%

19/55
FG
M/A

37.7%

20/53

38.5%

15/39
FG2P
M/A

42.1%

16/38

25.0%

4/16
FG3P
M/A

26.7%

4/15

76.2%

16/21
FT
M/A

64.3%

9/14

36

12/24
RT
RO/RD

36

10/26

13

AS

10

18

TO

20

7

ST

9

3

BS

7

17

PF

23

58

Pts

53

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