The France team was reassured on Tuesday with a new success during this EuroBasket against Bosnia and Herzegovina (68-81). France again experienced various and varied emotions during this match, especially during the third quarter, where they showed astonishing clumsiness, which allowed Bosnia to come back to score. But the experience of the French and the revival of Thomas Heurtel, since the start of the competition, allowed the French team to widen the gap again when Bosnia experienced a slight drop in speed. France have an appointment with Slovenia of Luka Doncic in less than 24 hours to convert their second place in group B.
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The meetings follow one another and look alike for the France team. As in their last two games, against Lithuania and Hungary, the Blues managed to scare each other off when they destroyed the game in hand. This time, the alarm bell was sounded at the start of the fourth quarter, when Bosnia regained the lead (53-52) after a disastrous third quarter for the French (8 points scored in 10 minutes) who conceded a 13-0. An advantage they managed to hold until six minutes before the end of this meeting.
Heurtel author of his best match
However, the Habs had an excellent first half by muzzling Dzanan Musa (1/5 from three points) and John Roberson (3/8 from three points) behind the line. Stronger than the Bosnian team in the paint thanks to Rudy Gobert, Vincent Poirier and Moustapha Fall, the France team had managed to widen a significant gap when joining the locker room (34-44).
Fortunately for the Blues, Thomas Heurtel has returned to his usual level of form. With 14 points (5/11), 7 rebounds and 8 assists and two steals, the tricolor leader had his best game during this EuroBasket. Two days earlier, against Hungary, he had scored just three points and grabbed two rebounds. He finished this match with the worst tricolor plus-minus, tied with Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Full match expected against Slovenia
Even if he didn’t play a match up to his usual standards, Guerschon Yabusele was still decisive in the right moments. While France only led by a small point five minutes from the end, it was he who came to save the day thanks to a left-handed layup, while Rudy Gobert saw his shot attempt blocked by Jusuf Nurkic .
In the last moments of the match, Fournier and Heurtel chained the winning shots and the Blues failed in transition to definitively take over the Bosnians (81-68). Against Slovenia, this Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., France will be prohibited from falling back into its crossings and will have to play a full match, in what will be the remake of the last semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics.
Evan Fournier during the victory of the French team over Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurobasket, in September 2022.
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