A beautiful European campaign for Team France Basket

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Admirable Euro de Basket in general for the Bleues. Without some of its best players like Nando De Colo and Nicolas Batum, we wondered about the progress in the tournament of France after a weak preparation. After a jagged group stage, miracles in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, a good match in the semi-finals, the Spanish got the better of the French. Despite everything, the team of Vincent Collet left with the Silver Medal.

A chicken phase on alternating current

France will finish in third place in Group B of this Eurobasket. The Blues started their European campaign well by beating a great Lithuanian team 77-73 and the Hungarians 78-74. Subsequently, the teammates of Evan Fournier took their revenge on Bosnia and Herzegovina by reassuring themselves about the quality of their basketball.

The last Group match was against Slovenia. Led by a Luka Doncic on fire with 47 points, the Slovenians took the lead 88-82. The 23-year-old Dallas Mavericks point guard has one of the best points totals in a European tournament. Faced with this, the French team still remained in the match until the end, presaging good things for the round of 16. "It was a physical match" reacted Rudy Gobert to the microphone of Canal+, the Blues' top scorer with 19 points in this match.

On the way to the final

During the Finals, Team France gradually raised their level of play with 2 games in overtime. 87-86 do the Turks in the round of 16 with a huge Rudy Gobert and face the Italians 93-85 in the quarter-finals. With the widest success of the euro 95-54 in the semi-final against Poland, France climbed into the Final to perhaps finally glean the title they have been missing so much since 2013 and the band of Tony Parker.[ 1020]

A final with regrets

Faced with underdog Spain since the departure of the brothers Paul and Marc Gasol, France had a good chance of winning the tournament. But the Spanish selection led by the other Henangomez brothers took advantage of French apathy to win the gold medal 88-76. Fourth European championship therefore for Spain after 2009,2011 and 2015.

France was never able to compete or really launched its final. With too many losses of balls and players in lack of form, the French never disturbed the Iberian collective.

In search of a title

We must not hide it, Team France Basket came for the gold medal and with great ambitions. It's still a disappointment to finish in second place again after three silver medals. This generation led by Rudy Gobert, the talented interior, has a bright future ahead of it.

The return of the NBA is also close, see you in November for the start of the famous American basketball championship!

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