Impassable, Blues are within the EuroBasket finals!

Greater than 13 months since they solely thought of this date: September 18, 2022. Within the privateness of Saitama’s dressing room, The Blues tried to ease the ache of defeat within the Olympic ultimate by making a promise to be current Sunday night in Berlin to turn into European champion once more. The highway was lengthy, winding, uneven, however right here they’re on the appointed assembly: the French crew is within the ultimate of the European Championship! “It is at all times a singular feeling, a singular emotion”is delighted by Vincent Collet, who will quickly turn into an actor within the largest continental match for the third time in his time period (after 2011 and 2013). “It’s important that there are feelings. My crew did issues passionately on this event, not at all times properly after all. We assume these ups and downs, however collectively we discovered our technique to the ultimate. »

Outstanding protection effort

If this path was terribly difficult throughout the 1/8 and 1/4 finals, corresponding to a excessive mountain path with many crevices and avalanches that almost swept the tricolor, this one which day appeared like an extended straight with no pitfalls. An actual freeway to the ultimate, hitchhiking for 40 minutes. Over the course of every week, Vincent Collet has been consistently demanding that his crew increase the extent of the sport to lastly current their greatest match. That day has come. “I feel that is our reference match, yeah”Terry Tarpey agrees.

Yabusele and the Blues eliminated Poland from Ponitka (photograph: FIBA)

Along with a stuttering first quarter, with seven consecutive balls conceded (16 in whole), together with three on the primary three holdings (!), The Blues constructed their masterpiece on outstanding defensive stress. “They took us from our recreation programs and made it troublesome for us”, sighs AJ Slaughter, harassed all night by Andrew Albica, and Terry Tarpey took care of Mateusz Ponitka’s case with a padlock (7 factors out of three/10 and 4 stray bullets). Spectacular within the first half of the match in opposition to Slovenia on Wednesday, virtually euphoric, with 58 factors, the Poles this time appeared utterly misplaced on the pitch, unable to seek out any answer in opposition to the three-color protection. “I used to be struck by the truth that I noticed all of the gamers, with out exception, put their asses on the bottom”emphasizes Vincent Collet. “The collective effort was superb, the defender is superb. » A lot in order that it has already entered the historical past books of EuroBasket since 76 years have handed since we noticed a crew that scored lower than 20 factors within the semi-finals of the European Championship: Credit score with simply 18 models, Poland was overwhelmed solely by Hungary, who scored 12 objectives in opposition to Czechoslovakia in 1946 yr. One other time…

The largest win within the historical past of the semi-finals

Talking of the document, this French demonstration (95-54, i.e. +41) can also be the best victory in historical past within the semi-finals (earlier than +40 USSR in opposition to … Poland in 1967), and the best success on the finals in 35 years and the night when … Yugoslavia positively dropped out of Poland within the quarter-finals (81-128). In actual fact, the top consequence was so broad as a result of the French weren’t happy with the protection. After straying from the beginning (8-6, seventh minutes), the tricolor assault was steadily launched, particularly underneath the management of Thomas Heurtel and Moustafa Fall (22-9, thirteenth minutes). “There have been errors and good issues within the first half”, admits Vincent Collet. The clicking adopted a pause: blind to the normal third quarter breakdown, The Blues had been utterly freed. The ball was circling (32 assists!), Pictures hit it (15/26 of three factors, i.e. 58%) and Guerschon Yabusele, “European Charles Barkley” in response to the coach, nonetheless impressed (22 factors on 9/12 in 23 minutes). Aside from the case of Madrilenian, an more and more critical candidate for the competitors’s MVP trophy, all gamers may gain advantage from it: Elie Okobo had certainly one of his greatest German nights (10 factors and 4 assists in 18 minutes), Moustapha Fall too (6 factors out of three/4, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks), and even glued to the bench for 4 video games, Théo Maledon took half within the occasion (8 minutes of play), lastly having fun with a quiet recreation, first event!

Evan Fournier’s era lastly received their first probability to climb to the highest of Europe (Picture: FIBA)

With Germany or Spain, two groups on a totally totally different degree than Poland, the ultimate will certainly be rather more troublesome and for this goal the administration crew has definitely managed to relaxation (19 minutes for Evan Fournier and Rudy Golbert), who’ve been very busy over the last conferences. However regardless of the opponent’s id, France can see it if it exhibits the identical protection. “We’ll must take inspiration from it and do the identical once more on Sunday.”, Vincent Collet already urges. The blue ones, for the tenth time of their historical past on the European stage, assured with medals, confirmed outstanding composure after the final sign, removed from the occasions of 2011 and 2013 on the similar stage of the competitors. “We’ve got a fantastic alternative forward of us and we need to seize it”says the coach. As a result of Saitama’s promise was not simply to attend Sunday. No, that night the Blues took an oath that they would go away Berlin with a gold medal …

In Berlin,


September 16, 2022 at 6:58 a.m.

Greater than 13 months since they solely thought of that date: September 18, 2022 Within the privateness of Saitama’s locker room, The Blues tried to ease the ache of defeat within the Olympic Closing by making a promise to be there Sunday evening in Berlin to turn into European champion once more. The highway was lengthy, winding, bumpy, however …

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