Qualification The next basketball world championship will be held from August 25 to September 10 in Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan
The French basketball team posing before the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina (92-56), in Pau on November 14, 2022. — AFP
Mission accomplished for the French basketball team. The blues have validated their ticket for the World Cup-2023 after their big victory over Bosnia-Herzegovine (92-56), during the last day of qualification, Monday evening at St. Paul.
Three days after their demonstration in Lithuania (90-65), Vincent Collet’s men needed a victory to go to Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan, where The competition will take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023. an opponent who had surprised them at the end of August during the first leg (96-90) just before the Eurobasket but deprived of also from his captains Jusuf Nurkic (Portland, NBA) and Dzanan Musa (Real Madrid, Euroleague), they never trembled, winning all the quarters, with a division of time and the brand between all the players of this fall gathering.
Wembanyama is illustrated on the first points
“Sincerely, I am satisfied, in addition to this two out of two (Lithuania and Bosnia), with the way, even if tonight we have been a little less fluid, a little more in difficulty; to have rhythm,” acknowledged coach Vincent Collet. “They played a lot. in the zone, which slowed us down in transmissions.
For his first outing in Blue on French soil, the prodigy Victor Wembanyama once again distinguished himself. by scoring the first 7 tricolor points in the space of 54 seconds (7-2, 4) without making the following attempts. His time on the bench visibly reinvigorated him, with a more streamlined basketball style. to his return and the same offensive dynamic (7 points almost in a row) to pick up Bosnians who dropped out. taken just before the break (40-27).
In the art of deterrence where it is also expected, “Wemby” and his sprawling arms (3 blocks, 2 interceptions) have several times thwarted Bosnians forced to force a few situations. The probable number one in the NBA draft finished the game with 19 points (18 rating), or one unit. less than Friday at Panevezys for his Lithuanian baptism. “Victor played an average game very clearly but as he’s an exceptional player, even when he is average he is still quite good,” Collar.
An electric dunk by Sylvain Francisco
In his wake, Yoan Makoundou was author also of a solid performance during the first act (9 points), as well as the interior Damien Inglis during the 3rd quarter (9 points) or the exterior Juhann Begarin who maximized ; his presence (17 points in 19 minutes). As for the palm for the evening basket, she was shared between this electric dunk of the leader Sylvain Francisco, best French scorer on Friday in Lithuania and author of 8 points at the end of the season. Pau, and this basket àgrave; 3 suspended points from Axel Toupane, which made the Palais des Sports roar.
After the break, the players from the Balkans, carried by Kenan Kamenjas (18 points), tried to win. to hang on before exploding definitively in the last quarter (33-12) against; euphoric Blues.