No intrigue: the French national team upset the Poles and advanced to the final

There was no intrigue in the semi-finals of the European Championship. The French national team even 95:54 (15:9, 19:9, 30:18, 31:18) upset the Polish basketball players and entered the final.

In the meeting that started with no results, the French shot ahead – 8:2. Although Poland recovered (6:8), they continued to collect points with great difficulty and after the first ten minutes of the game, France was in the lead 15:9.

In the second quarter, Vincent Collet’s army started with 7 unanswered points and gained a double-digit margin for the first time – 22-9. The Poles responded with 5 points (14:22), but the French did the same – 27:14. Next, France continued to defend well and ended the first half of the match with a 16-point margin – 34:18.

After the big break, the picture on the field did not change – the French continued to dominate and only increased their advantage. They started the third quarter with 5 points and the difference exceeded 20 points for the first time – 39:18. Poland looked desperate and the French were far away and in the 28th minute the lead was practically doubled – 59:30. At the end of three quarters, the situation was practically unchanged – 64:36.

In the final 10 minutes, the French continued to widen the gap, even with the second line-up – it crossed both the 30-point and 40-point mark, thus recording an achievement that has not been seen in the European Championship semi-final stage in the history.

Poland: Michal Michalak and AJSlaughter (3/7 three-pointers) 9 each, Mateusz Ponitka 7 (3/10 shots).

France: Guerschon Yabusele 22 (4/6 3-pointers), Evan Fournier (2/5 3-pointers) and Elie Okobo (3/3 3-pointers) 10 each, Vincent Poirier, Amath M’Baye and Terry Tarpey 8 each.

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