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05.08.2011, 20:15h
05.08.2011, 20:15h
60-56
9 - 1014 - 1616 - 1921 - 11
9 - 1014 - 1616 - 1921 - 11
Venue: Pardubice (CZE) |
Spectators: 200 |
Referees: Ioannis Foufis (GRE), Tomislav Vovk (CRO), Uros Obrknezevic (SRB)

GAME REPORT


France Escape Germany Scare

by Dan Casey

7. Damien Inglis (France)
Damien Inglis did it all for France with 22 points and 14 rebounds, 5 on the offensive glass

France will compete for their first medal in the U16 European Championship since 2005 after a dramatic 60-56 win over Germany.

Trailing 45-36 with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the French launched a thrilling comeback with Arthur Rozenfeld's three-pointer at the end of the period.

That sparked an 18-1 run that propelled France into an eight-point fourth-quarter lead, 54-46 when Damien Inglis grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in with 2:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Germans would not lie down and after David Taylor and Paul Rigot exchanged three-pointers, Ismet Akpinar hit consectuive three-pointers and the score was 57-55 to France with 55 seconds remaining.

But Akpinar missed four free-throws down the stetch and left the court visibly distraught as Rozenfeld's free-throws sealed France's victory and ignited wild celebrations from the French players and fans.

Inglis led France with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Rigot provided great assistance with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Daniel Mayr top-scored for Germany with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.

French coach Tahar Assed-Liegeon was relieved to get past a dangerous opponent: "We played Germany five times over the last year, and lost four. They're a good team. We tried changing our defense at the end, and it worked. Jean Biog was great - he had some foul trouble early, but in the second half he learned well."

In a tight game throughout, Akpinar had given Germany a 10-9 lead with 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter. France came back in the second half behind blocks from Inglis and Olivier Yao-Delon, and good post play from Luidgy Laporal.

But Germany's offense started clicking and Mayr converted from a pretty Maximilian Ugrai pass. Taylor hit consecutive jump-shots, and Ugrai picked up a loose-ball and converted to give Germany a 26-21 lead before Charly Pontens beat the first-half buzzer to cut the lead to three.

Inglis hit a three at the start of the second half to tie the scores, but Germany answered through a Stefan Ilzhöfer three-pointer and Mayr's strong post play gave them a good advantage. But France's fantastic run turned the tables and set up the French victory.

Coach Assed-Liegeon looked forward to the Semi-Final against hosts Czech Republic, refuting suggestions that the French would be the "enemy" to hometown fans tomorrow: "Not at all, our basketball federations are old friends, and I look forward to the game tomorrow. We will do our best, and we will see if it will be enough."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

34.4%

22/64
FG
M/A

35.5%

22/62

43.9%

18/41
FG2P
M/A

43.6%

17/39

17.4%

4/23
FG3P
M/A

21.7%

5/23

52.2%

12/23
FT
M/A

41.2%

7/17

45

16/29
RT
RO/RD

46

14/32

9

AS

5

10

TO

13

6

ST

1

5

BS

5

18

PF

19

60

Pts

56

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