France wins in extremis in Italy in preparation for the Euro

Clumsy and rough for a good part of the evening on Friday, the Blues pocketed the victory in extremis in Italy, in Bologna, after extra time (78-77). Their second success in two matches as part of their preparation for the Euro (September 1-18 in Germany). During an end to the match that was unnecessarily complicated by their extreme clumsiness on free throws (22/35, 9 missed out of 13 in the last seven minutes, overtime included), Vincent Collet’s men were able to rely on their athletic superiority to find the solution against an Italian team that gradually declined physically.


The Blues have chained a ninth win in a row against Italy, which has not dominated France for two friendly matches in August 2008 at Bormio. Vincent Collet has therefore never lost under his mandate against the Italians.

The light came from the activity of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, the efficiency of Elie Okobo (11 points) in the role of offensive detonator coming off the bench. As well as three French interiors. Guerschon Yabusele (11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 fouls caused) was decisive at the end of the game, Rudy Gobert ultra-aggressive despite his failures behind the penalty line (15 points, 7 rebounds, 12 fouls caused, but 5/11 in throws ), and Vincent Poirier untenable (14 points, 13 rebounds, record in the blue jersey) both in offensive impact and deterrence, allowing his team to widen their first gap at the start of money-time (60-53 , 32nd).

22 stray bullets

Gianmarco Pozzecco’s men, led by an irresistible Simone Fontecchio (24 points, 9/18, 4/9 from 3 points, 5 rebounds), and a Danilo Gallinari out of his box at the end of the game to win 3-point overtime (13 points), however, had four opportunities, in the last two minutes of extra time, to come back in front, on shots and lay-ups from Nico Mannion and Marco Spissu. All ricocheted off the hoop, and Guerschon Yabusele snatched the decisive offensive rebound after a final miss from Rudy Gobert … behind the free throw line.

The French thus survived an evening with 22 loose balls, where the attacking game lacked a lot of fluidity, and where the address was absent subscribers (4/19 to 3 points). This has something to worry about the coach. Or reassure him, perhaps, given the great room for improvement still available to his group, which will meet Italy in Montpellier on Tuesday (8:30 p.m.).


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