Spain Bounce Back, Breeze Past France

16 July 2013

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6. Guillem Vives (Spain)
Guillem Vives came out big for Spain, helping out with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds

Spain recovered from their shock loss to Italy and cruised to a 70-52 win over France on Tuesday to take control of their destiny ahead of judgement day in Group F of the Sportland U20 European Championship.

The Spaniards now stand at 2-2 and will advance to the quarter-finals if they defeat Slovenia on Wednesday.

After the unfortunate injury of their captain and leading scorer, Livio Jean-Charles, France have had to modify their play and rely offensively more than ever before on center Mouhammadou Jaiteh, and guards Hugo Invernizzi and Boris Dallo.

Spain had done their homework on the banged-up Les Bleus and grabbed the initiative soon after the first exchanges by forcing the trio to combine for just six points on 2-for-9 from the floor in the entire first half.

They took their first double-digit lead in the opening quarter but the hard-nosed French found score from big man Alexandre Chassang and only trailed 29-22 at the half-time interval.

Rather than obsessing with defence, Spain chose to speed it up on offence when the two teams returned to the floor and passed the ball inside to Sebastian Saiz who scored seven points in quick succession to give his team a 42-28 lead with 06:01 left to play in the third quarter.

France's top weapons were finding their way to the Spanish basket but the Iberian side had by now established its pace on offence and maintained the 14-point cushion until the final frame.

Then Lluis Costa drilled a triple to cap-off a 10-2 Spanish run that made it 62-40 with just over six minutes on the clock and France had no possible way back into the game.

Spain's Guillem Vives led all scorers with 16 points and added seven assists and Daniel Diez finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

For France, Chassang, Invernizzi and Jaiteh each had 11 points.


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