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Group:  C | 28.07.2011, 18:00h
Group:  C | 28.07.2011, 18:00h
71-56
12 - 1726 - 816 - 1917 - 12
12 - 1726 - 816 - 1917 - 12
Venue: Hradec Kralove |
Spectators: 250 |
Referees: Tomasz Trawicki (POL), Tomislav Vovk (CRO), Alakbar Hasanov (AZE)

GAME REPORT


France Slow Down Ukraine For Win

by Dan Casey

10. Damien Roberto Inglis (France)
Damien Inglis led the way for France with 18 points and 9 rebounds

Tough defense ruled this Group C encounter, with France able to hold off Ukraine's challenge in the fourth quarter for the victory.

French captain Damien Inglis led his team with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, regularly showing no fear to attack the lane. Paul-Lou Duwiquet also contributed 16 points.

Likewise, Ukraine were thankful to their captain Igor Boyarkin for a team-high 19 points, as well as 7 rebounds and six steals. Vladlen Berezhnyy grabbed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

French coach Tahar Assed-Liegeon said after the game, "We feared this team, we knew they did well last year in Division B. For future games, I am looking for us to be more calm."

Ukraine began the game well and, after a frenetic opening Ukraine pushed ahead and led 17-12 after the first quarter.

France were able to pull back to 25-25 and then held Ukraine scoreless for the next 6:57 as a 19-0 run around half-time broke the game open.

Ukraine returned the favour, keeping France without a bucket for 5:50 in the third quarter. A 10-0 run pulled the score to 40-50. The third quarter then ended with a steal and breakaway dunk from Yevgen Sakhniuk - the French had 0:01 left to react, but Thomas Ville found enough to time to catch and fling a running three-pointer in and make the score 54-44.

Three-pointers from Arthur Rozenfeld and Duwiquet in the final period kept the Ukrainians at bay and secured victory for France, who play Lithuania in their second game tomorrow.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.8%

26/67
FG
M/A

39.3%

22/56

42.1%

16/38
FG2P
M/A

47.6%

20/42

34.5%

10/29
FG3P
M/A

14.3%

2/14

69.2%

9/13
FT
M/A

43.5%

10/23

44

17/27
RT
RO/RD

39

14/25

13

AS

8

23

TO

20

16

ST

11

2

BS

3

25

PF

14

71

Pts

56

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