Bousculés par la Slovénie, les Bleuets sont qualifiés en demi-finales

Bousculés par la Slovénie, les Bleuets sont qualifiés en demi-finales

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Long hooked, the French U17 men’s team qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup, thanks to their victory this Friday against Slovenia (83 to 63) in Malaga. Les Bleuets will face the winner of the match between Spain and Australia.

Hung by Slovenia for more than three quarters, the French U17 men’s team had to work hard to win 83 to 63 and thus qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup, which they will play this Saturday against the winner of Spain (host country) – Australia.

8/12 at 3-pointers for Slovenia at half-time

The matches follow each other and are not alike for the Blueberries. This time, they started very well, leading 15 to 3 after 6 minutes of play, before gradually getting back up. It must be said that in addition to their strong presence on the rebound (22 shots at 18 at halftime), the Slovenians were on fire behind the 3-point line, forcing coach Bernard Faure to stop the game after three opposing award-winning baskets (20-14). If there was a tricolor reaction with three dunks in a row (26-14), the Slovenians did not stop their momentum and continued to plant from afar (8/12 behind the arc in the first half) . Enough to equalize at 35 everywhere, before Théo Pichard managed a 2 + 1 to conclude the first half (38-35).

The saving return of Pacôme Dadiet

Zaccharie Risacher had his best game of the World Cup
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But that wasn’t the end of the problems, not yet. For the first time in the game, the selection of Dejan Gasparin went ahead (40-43) on three free throws from Lon Lican (15 points at 5/12 on shots and 3 rebounds). Voluntary but jostled, the French struggled to regain the upper hand. Back to competition for this quarter-final, Pacôme Dadiet (12 points at 4/5, 2 rebounds and 4 assists for 16 evaluation in less than 20 minutes) scored his first basket to conclude the first quarter. Enough to give his family a 6-point lead (57-51). After a still complicated start to the last period, the back of Paris Basketball relieved an entire camp with a 3-point basket in the corner (60-53). A nice collective sequence in stride allowed Zachary Risacher (14 points at 6/6, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for 27 evaluation in 19 minutes) to give the French more than 10 points ahead (65-53), finally. But

Pacôme Dadiet has successfully returned to the game (photo: FIBA)

he Slovenia has not given up, however, Empty Jan. (12 points at 6/27, 3 rebounds and 5 assists for -5 evaluation in 35 minutes) bringing his team to -8 (65-57) 6 minutes from the end on a mid-distance basket. However, she could not hold out any longer, eventually giving in to the physical and athletic qualities of Les Bleuets, like a Alexandre Sarr unleashed (13 points at 5/8, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks for 17 evaluation in 22 minutes). “We knew it was a tough team to play, commented the X factor of the day, Pacôme Dadiet. They have rage every time they play. We did the job. We were tougher than them, we locked the rebound and n°7 (Jan Vide). A job well done, in short.

“A team victory”

“The danger of having had two more or less easy matches before meant that we had to switch to play a good Slovenian team, recalled coach Bernard Faure. We knew that they were hard in the contacts, that they were difficult to play on their tempo and that they closed the spaces… We knew that we had to work hard because it was not a match that we would win in 10 minutes. There have been some good things. There were players who weren’t very skilful but did other things on the pitch that were useful to the team and then there’s the team. Without highlighting individualities, I think it’s a victory above all. What we will remember is that each time we play as a team we are able to find one or two players to score and the others put themselves at the service of these two players. It’s important for the team. »

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What to remember from the French match against Slovenia:

  • After three easy victories, against Canada, New Zealand and Japan, the French team had to deal with real adversityfinally.
  • The French defense was able to stop opposing star Jan Vide, but not always the rest of the squad.
  • His hooked team, the staff was less able to open their bench. In the 32nd minute, Illan Piétrus and Mohamed Diawara had already played 22 minutes.
  • Victim of a sprained left ankle Wednesday against Japan, Noah Penda did not warm up. Pacôme Dadiet got back on his feet in the first half before putting on an excellent second half.
  • The most anticipated French players in this tournament, Zaccharie Risacher and Alexandre Sarr finished with the best French ratings (27 and 17). Author of an excellent first quarter (13 rating), but hampered by faults, Zaccharie Risacher had his best match of the tournament.

In Malaga,

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July 8, 2022 at 8:05 am

Hung by Slovenia for more than three quarters, the French U17 men’s team had to work hard to win 83 to 63 and thus qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup, which they will play this Saturday against the winner of Spain (host country) – Australia.

8/12 at 3-pointers for Slovenia at half-time

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