After the feat against the USA two days ago, the French team fell to Argentina in the semifinals of the World Basketball, Friday, September 13 (80-66). The Blues have not responded to the aggressiveness of the Argentines and have largely failed success.
Two days after their historic exploit against the United States, French basketball players, lack of skill, were eliminated in the semi-finals of the World Cup by falling to Argentina 80 to 66, Friday, September 13 to Beijing.
Unusual Luis Scola
The Blues, who had created the surprise in front of Team USA (89-79) Wednesday, were overwhelmed by the aggressiveness of Albiceleste and his indefatigable spearhead, Luis Scola (28 points and 13 rebounds). For his fifth World Cup, at age 39, Luis Scola, the last survivor of the golden generation gold medalist at the Athens Olympics, and after a decade spent in the NBA, makes an exceptional World Cup with Argentina.
" They were much more aggressive and we could not answer. They deserve their victory today. We did not know how to answer. It remains a match to go to get the bronze medal ", recognized Nicolas Batum on Canal + Sport. " They started the game better and tonight we could not answer, " said Frank Ntilikina.
The Albiceleste, winner in 1950 and silver medalist in 2002, will play his third World Cup final.
Clumsiness in series
The France team is far from showing their best face against the Argentineans who do not even have an NBA player in their group. The Blues have committed a lot of clumsiness at this stage of the competition: Evan Fournier for example missed 4 free throws on 7. Rudy Gobert, amazing against the United States, was below his usual standards (3 pts but 11 rebounds) ) and the gunner Evan Fournier, too clumsy behind the bow (1/6 for 16 pts in total). Only the young leader of the Knicks Frank Ntilikina (21 years), the crucial contribution against the US, seemed to pull out of the game (16 pts).
Under the eyes of former NBA glories, Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh and the Argentine icon Manu Ginobili, Vincent Collet's men have never found the good carburation. Quickly dominated, after a series of ten consecutive points of the Argentines (2-10), they will have spent their time running after the score.
Defeated five years ago at this stage by Serbia, the French will have to pull themselves together next Sunday to win a second bronze medal, against Australia who had narrowly dominated them in the group stage (100-98).