Slovenia, France To Clash For 9th Place

19 July 2013

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Tomaz Bolcina (Slovenia)
Tomaz Bolcina and Slovenia will meet France again in the game for 9th place

Slovenia, who rallied late to overcome Croatia 90-78, and France, who came from behind to beat Germany 71-62 on Friday, will face off in the game for 9th place at the Sportland U20 European Championship on Sunday.

Slovenia trailed Croatia 42-41 at the half-time interval and then fell behind by as many as six points in the third quarter, before reducing the gap again to two points at the end of the period,

They kept breathing down Croatia's neck however and used a 10-0 run midway through the final frame, capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Miha Lapornik and Tomaz Bolcina, to grab the lead when it most mattered, 80-72 when there was exactly three minutes left to play in the encounter.

Lapornik led all scorers with 19 points and Bolcina contributed a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds; for Croatia, Domagoj Samac and Antonio Boban finished with 18 points each in defeat.

Later on Friday evening, France followed Slovenia's example and went off to a slow start, however unlike the Slovenians they did not leave it late to assume control of the encounter.

Germany led Les Bleus 33-30 at half-time, but William Howard and Hugo Invernizzi drilled three triples in quick succession with the start of the third frame to put France in the driver's seat, 42-38.

France extended their advantage to double digits shortly after the third buzzer and, although they did not manage to maintain it at that level for long, they led from a safe distance until the end.

Mouhammadou Jaiteh led France with 16 points while Invernizzi and Howard finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively; For Germany, Bogdan Radosavljevic had 15 points in defeat.

 


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