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World basketball: beaten by Serbia, the Blue could fall on the United States in quarter


Beaten (68-62) on Tuesday, the French end the group stage with a second defeat. A result that complicates their task in qua

The French women's basketball team relapsed in the World Cup, against Serbia (68-62) on Tuesday in Sydney, probably missing the opportunity to play a more affordable quarter-final than the one waiting for it, except surprise, against the United States or China.

To finish in one of the top two places in Pool B and be seeded in the draw later on Tuesday, the Blues must now hope for a victory for Japan, already eliminated, against Australia, who play this Tuesday. .

They would then be opposed to Belgium or Puerto Rico.

With their qualification already in their pocket after their success against Japan the day before (67-53), they wanted to end the group stage on a high note, take their revenge for the Euro-2021 final (63-54 defeat against the Serbs) and, above all, avoid crossing quarters with Americans or Chinese.

But the Blue did not manage to repeat their performance of the day before, where they had delivered a reference match.

Jean-Aimé Toupane's players lost their footing at the end of each of the second and third quarters (0-11 then 0-7) and trailed throughout the match.

Blue defeat against Serbia

Focus on the quarter-final now 💪#PassionnémentBleu #SERFRA

– French Basketball Teams (@FRABasketball) September 27, 2022

They thought they could snatch a success or an extension by coming back to two points (62-64) fifty seconds from the end, but were then crucified by a three-point basket scored by Sasa Cado, while the Serbs had no more than a second to shoot.

Beyond this end of the match, the Blues again sinned on the rebound (44 taken to 25 for Serbia) and did not manage to limit the influence of the leader of American origin Yvonne Anderson (18 pts), and that of Jovana Nogic.

Iliana Rupert (0 pt) and to a lesser degree Marine Fauthoux (11 pts but 4 out of 13) did not confirm their performance against the Japanese.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2022-09-27

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