Basketball World Cup: France surprising defending champion the United States and eliminated from the quarter-finals. France pulls defending champion America out of basketball World Cup
The French basketball team was able to achieve one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup in China, by eliminating the defending American team from the quarter-finals.
The French team defeated the US team in the basketball World Cup
This is the first time since 2002 that the US team has failed to reach the golden square, noting that it holds the record in the number of titles in partnership with the former Yugoslavia five tournaments each.
What is the place of France always occupy?
While France has never won the championship, and was the best achievements in third place in the last tournament year 2014.
The quarter-finals of the world basketball championship saw one of the biggest surprises in the tournament in China. with the French team on Wednesday able to exclude the US champions in the last two versions. After a match ended 89-79 in favor of glaucoma.
The five-times US team:
It is the first time since 2002 when they hosted the tournament at home, failed to reach the semi-finals. While France reached the second round successively.
Evan Fournier of Orlando Magic scored 22 points, Utah’s Jazz Rudy Gobert scored 21 points and 19 rebounds, while Nando de Colo had 18 points.
The match came close in the first part, as the two teams exchanged progress on 10 occasions, with a preference for France, who paid 45% from the line of three-pointers, where he succeeded Fournier three out of four shots, ending the first half with 13 points like Joubeir.
France made the biggest breakthrough in the first half (eight points) 20 seconds before the end. Before Donovan Mitchell, the best scorer with 29 points. As he reduced the difference by a basket of baskets to enter the US team in the dressing rooms 39-45.
The unconvincing US team was unable to find solutions for France to win.
European champions France made a strong start to the third quarter and extended the gap to 10 points after two-and-a-half minutes (53-43).
However, Gregg Popovich’s players quickly recovered and leveled Mitchell’s numbers two-and-a-half minutes before the end of the third quarter, 60-60, leading 66-63. Mitchell scored 14 points in the third quarter alone.
The two teams exchanged scoring in the last quarter
The United States remaining in the lead in the time did not exceed the largest difference between the two teams five points. Before the French Frank Ntilikina New York-based American Knicks equalized the numbers 76-76 with a successful triple attempt, his teammates scored six points. Consecutive to advance 82-76 two minutes before the end.