As close as possible to the parquet floor of the Quaycenter of the Sydney Olympic Park, there was for a long time the impression of attending a tennis match. The incessant right-left offered by France and Japan, opposed this Sunday in preparation for the World Cup, showed what the two teams hope to offer in Australia. With an advantage marked by the Japanese, accustomed to a style of play all fired up.
Faced with the silver medalists of the last Olympic Games, played at home last summer (Tokyo), Jean-Aimé Toupane’s players agreed to chain possessions without the slightest rest. Because they aspire to stand up to the best nations by responding to the athletic challenges offered. The first six minutes of play passed without the slightest stoppage, which benefited Alexia Chartereau (17 points) and hers for a long time. After having failed an initial 13-7, they nevertheless conceded an 11-0 (13-18) which came to remind us that against an opponent whose philosophy is based on constant movement, there is very little room for approximations, especially defensive ones.
Like Alexia Chartereau, Marième Badiane scored 17 points, the best total of the game. The interior was precious near the basket (8/9 shooting) and even registered an award-winning basket.
Without letting go, the French saw the gap climb to 7 points (26-19) in the middle of the second quarter, the fault of many stray balls and a long distance address at half mast (1/9 at the break). If the business is likely to be arranged after returning from the locker room, the Blues then saw the meeting turn into a series match. An 8-0 conceded to which they responded with a 7-0, followed by a 7-0 conceded to conclude the third quarter (44-49, 30th).
A not so alarming defeat
Washed out, and still lacking in success (4/20 from three points in the end, 21/38 in total), like Marine Johannès (6 points from 3 out of 13), France ended up letting go in the last act, counting up to 12 disbursement units (66-54). The defeat (59-69), the second in a row four days before the start of the World Cup, against Australia (September 22), does not seem so alarming: by erasing the many odds (18 stray balls), with a less sparse defence, there could be a way to cast doubt on Japan, who will be among the main favorites in the competition. The reunion is scheduled for September 26.
Concerned in defense, the Blues accumulated 13 interceptions on the 18 lost balls caused.