July 29, 2014

Nando De Colo big in France’s 71-69 win over Greece

2009/09/15 11:46 am 11:46 am11:46 am11:46 am 2 comments

Spanoulis of Greece drives against France in the 2009 Eurobasket (FIBA).Bydgoszcz - French team rookie Nando De Colo scored a total of six points; the good thing for France was that those six points were all in the last 1:31.

With Tony Parker on the bench, the 22-year old guard, who was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, drained a jumper at the buzzer to lift France over Greece 71-69.

The win keeps France on pace with Turkey as the two only undefeated Eurobasket teams at 6-0.

With France up 69-66. Vasileios Spanoulis hit a three-pointer to tie up the game with just 8 seconds remaining setting up De Colo’s game-winner.

Previous to the buzzer-beater, De Colo scored on two free throws and a layup. The 6-5 guard scored the final six points for France.

The question now is whether either team wanted to win the game at all, as the victor is likely to face the talented-but-underperforming Spain in the quarterfinals.

Alain Koffi led France with 14 points, all of which came in the first half as France built a seven-point margin at halftime 41-34. Tony Parker scored 12 points, Ali Traore and Yannick Bokolo each added 10 points.

For Hellas, Spanoulis led all scorers with 16 points, coming from four three-pointers and four free-throws. Sofoklis Schortsianitis added 12 points, and Ioannis Bourousis added 8 points and 10 rebounds.

More Eurobasket: In the first match of the day, Russia snuck by F.Y.R. of Macedonia by the same score 71-69, earning a berth into the quarterfinals. Russia was led by center Timofey Mozgov’s game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Anton Ponkrashov’s 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.

2 Comments

  • Intentionally loosing so they don’t face spain? No wonder that game was utter shit. I didn’t get what all the drama was about stupid French cussing & shit. What a bunch of pussies. Come on! they will have a whole days rest unlike Spain that’s already an advantage and Spain has been playing poorly they lost their mojo & coach-team unity geez at least they have balls to face their opponents head-on Unlike these two countries both should loose for making me watch such horrible basketball. I hope Spain smashes their kinky pussies

  • hahah they did smashed their kinky pussies Good cause I lost respect for Frenchies. Parker, Batum, Diaw, Turif = wusses

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