|Benjamin Sene had a good overall performance with 5 ponts, 5 rebounds and 6 assists|
by Yarone Arbel
France completed the Preliminary Round with a perfect record following a 73-35 win over Denmark in Group B action at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro on Saturday evening.
The win sends France to the Qualifying Round from the top spot after writing a 3-0 record, while Denmark suffered their second biggest loss in a row after shocking Greece on Day 1 and finish the group with a 1-2 record.
The first half was dominated by France already, but Denmark was still in the picture, and trailed by just 12 at the half time stop.
The second half told a very different story when the Danish scored only seven points in the last 20 minutes and saw their opponent make a big run to finish with a 38 point win.
Anthony Racine topped the lists of scorers in France with 18, Raphael Binvignat added 16, Mouhammadou Jaiteh scored 12 and Boris Dallo had six points alongside 16 rebounds.
Rasmus Larsen was the only player of Denmark to reach double-digits and he finished with 14 and four rebounds.
Binvignat was in charge of nine points for his team in the first part of the game as France went on a 7-0 run to hold a 13-6 lead halfway in the first quarter.
Denmark shared the ball and saw two hits from the downtown area to stay not too far behind, yet Alexandre Chassang and Racine with a three pointer of his own set the score on 22-14 after the first 10 minutes.
Entering the second quarter France enjoyed easy access to the basket and scored nine points in a row by four different players to write a 31-14 advantage and flash backs from yesterday started to appear in the Danish camp.
Yet Larsen showed he has pride and with six points in a row kept his team in the game, before David Knudsen and Peter Moeller made it just 36-28 right before the break.
Once again it was Racine who stepped up and scored the last bucket of the quarter, this time to set a 40-28 lead in favor of his team before the start of he second half.
Midway in the third Denmark was still just 13 points behind, but then came a 10-0 French run with another three pointer by Racine and the gap jumped to 25 already, 56-31.
Larsen broke the spell with a three pointer of his own, but saw France strike back with another small run to cross the 30 point gap line, and cruise for their third straight win in the group.