Basketball: Miraculously, Evan Fournier empties his bag

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Basketball: Miraculously, Evan Fournier empties his bag

Posted on September 10, 2022 at 9:35 p.m. by The editorial staff

The France team won against Turkey this Saturday (87-86), in the round of 16 of the EuroBasket. A victory obtained at the end of the suspense, despite a good start to the match. The French conceded a 19-0 in the third quarter, but were able to count on Rudy Gobert to snatch extra time. After the game, Evan Fournier said he was relieved by this result.

The France got scared. While theFrench team was opposed to Turkey this Saturday, in the round of 16 of theEuroBasketthe men of Vincent Collet almost lost. The Blues won 87-86 after extra time obtained in the snatch, thanks to a magnificent tap-dunk from Rudy Gobert in the last seconds. The French had started the game perfectly, but went 19-0 in the third quarter, which allowed the Turks to move ahead on the scoreboard.

“We survived, that’s the word”

At the end of the game, Evan Fournier said he was relieved at the turn of events, when his team had a lead of up to 16 points in the first period. ” To be frank, we are relieved. We survived, that’s the word. We had started well, but it’s not easy to play at noon, because of the pace, the atmosphere, for both teams. There were ups and downs, we finished the game well to win “, he declared, remarks relayed by The Team. L’French team once again lost a lot of balls, a bad habit in this competition: ” it was the whole tournament like that. We defend well, we are organised. But when we lose the ball, the opponent hurts us. He is offered easy baskets. It’s hard to survive like that against the big teams. We will see in the next matches, but if we lose 20 balls, it will be worse. We will rest while waiting for the next round. »

“I remain proud that we did not give up”

The hero of this meeting is called Rudy Gobert, author of 20 points and 17 rebounds. ” It was a crazy game. We started well, then they made a big series “, confided the pivot of the Minnesota Timberwolves. ” Even late at the start of the money-time, we showed character on the way back. In the last seconds, we were in a very difficult position. We were lucky they missed free throws and stole the ball. We never stopped fighting. It’s far from our best match, but I’m still proud that we didn’t give up. We were rewarded for that. My offensive rebounds at the end of the game and overtime? I do what I have been doing since the beginning of my career. When you attack the basket well, it attracts help from the big players and allows me to have the advantage. With Moustapha, Vincent, we are all good rebounders and we have to punish the opponent in this register. We have three days to be ready for our quarter-final. »

Batum defends Gobert

Targets of critics in NBAbut also in French team, Rudy Gobert received support from Nicholas Batum. The player of Los Angeles Clippers defended his compatriot in a message published on Twitter : “ so the guy dominated the end of the match and the extension in attack AND in defense (with 4 faults), he saves us the game by his just presence and you remember that? Respect Rudy a bit, it’s getting really boring the treatment he receives. »

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