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Old September 2nd, 2006, 01:02 PM   #1
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France Beats Turkey for 5th Place


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Game Report, France vs Turkey, 64-56, 5th PLACE GAME

SAITAMA (FIBA World Championship) - A five-point possession following an unsportsmanlike foul allowed France to beat Turkey 64-56 and capture fifth place at the FIBA World Championship.

Joseph Gomis made three free throws and Mickael Gelabale dunked home a missed jumper to give France a nine-point lead with 3:46 remaining in the game.

And that would prove enough despite France missing six foul shots in the final 2:20.

""We're fifth and that's the main thing that we'll remember," said France captain Boris Diaw, whose team finished 6-3 in the tournament with losses to Argentina, Lebanon and Greece.

Other than the game against Lebanon where we really didn't do well, we lose to Greece who are in the finals and to Argentina who are playing for the bronze medal. So we don't have anything to feel sorry about."


Florent Pietrus led Claude Bergeaud's team with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Frederic Weis chipped in with 11 points and Laurent Foirest added 10 off the bench. Diaw fouled out with eight points, six rebounds, three assists but five turnovers.

Turkey had just a dismal shooting performance, hitting 24 percent from the field - 15 of 62.

Engin Atsur led all scorers with 15 points while Cenk Akyol added 10. Two nights after combining for 42 points in Turkey's over-time victory over Lithuania, Ermal Kurtoglu and Ender Arslan made just one of 15 shots in scoring only four points total.

"Our team wasn't so fresh to play against such a strong defense on the other side," said Bogdan Tanjevic, who had to play without injured Serkan Erdogan and Ibrahim Kutluay. "We're very proud to finish sixth in the world."

"The rest of the team played good basketball and tried to win. I believe all of us team and management will take the positives out of this tournament," Kutluay added.

"Turkish basketball has a good future in front of it. We improved a lot in this tournament, and our target is to take a medal in 2010."

Turkey will host the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Despite scoring the first three points of the game, Turkey couldn't find any rhythm early on. And France were on target, opening a 20-7 lead after 10 minutes.

Foirest drained a three-pointer and followed that up with a jumper to increase the lead to 20 points - 31-11 - with 4:20 left in the first half.

Turkey however were able to hit seven of eight foul shots to trim the deficit to 35-20 at the interval. All told, the Turks shot a dismal 14 percent in the first half - making just four of 28 shots. Tanjevic's side also commited 13 turnovers without a single assist.

Coming out of the break, Weis' inside basket increased the lead to 41-23 with 8:41 remaining in the third.

But Turkey put together their only major spurt, going on a 17-3 run to close within 44-40 with two minutes to play in the quarter. Weis finally hit again for the French, who went 6:56 without a basket in missing four shots and commiting five turnovers.

Bergeaud's team however were still ahead 49-43 going into the fourth quarter.

Neither team seemed willing to take the game as Diaw and Weis each missed a pair of foul shots and Akyol was also off on two free throws. That left France ahead 51-43 before Kaya Peker drained a three-pointer with six minutes to play.

However Gomis answered right back with a three-point play and Weis' foul shot pushed the advantage back up to nine at 55-46.

Turkey put together another push with Atsur draining a three-pointer and Peker making a hook-shot to pull within four - 55-51.

But Peker then was whistled for an unsportmanlike foul with 4:07 remaining and Gomis made three of four foul shots. On the ensuing French possession, Gelabale dunked home Ronny Turiaf's missed jumper, once again giving Les Bleus a nine-point advantage.

The game was destined to be decided at the charity stripe.

Florent Pietrus and Turiaf each missed two foul shots while Ersan Ilyasova and Kurtoglu each buried a pair to cut the deficit to 60-55 with 1:18 to play.

But Pietrus atoned with two foul shots with 1:10 left only to see Gomis miss a pair with 49 seconds to play. Pietrus however drained two more with 26 seconds remaining to finish the scoring 64-56.

By David Hein, FIBA
This piece was part of the USA article

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In the day's other game, France held off Turkey 64-56 to take fifth place in the competition.

Florent Pietrus led a balanced offense with 12 points, Frederic Weis added 11 and 6 rebounds and Laurent Foirest chipped in with 10 off the bench.

Claude Bergeaud's men got off to a great start, quickly taking a double-digit lead, 13-3, on a Frederic Weis dunk.

Turkey, who had used an incredible run late in the fourth quarter to beat Lithuania in the classification game on Thursday, could not buy a shot as they finished the game shooting 15 of 62 from the field, including four of 28 in the first half.

Les Bleus took advantage of their opponents' offensive struggles and took a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter as Mickael Pietrus made a three-pointer at the buzzer.

France went ahead by as many as 20, 31-11, on a shot by Foirest, but then went through a dry spell late in the second quarter.

Turkey got the deficit down to 15 at the break, 35-20 as Cenk Akyol, Kaya Peker, Ersan Ilyasova and Kerem Gonlum scored thge team's last eight points of the first half from the free-throw line.

Bergeaud's men looked ready to put this game out of reach for good when they came out energized in the third quarter and took a 41-23 lead on Weis' lay up.

However Bogdan Tanjevic's men mustered some shooting touch as Engin Atsur made a pair of three pointers while Akyol and Ermal Kurtoglu broke from their shooting slump - temporarily - to hit key shots in a 17-3 that saw Turkey come within four, 44-40.

France followed its good run at the start of the period with an atrocious sequence as they failed to score on nine possessions, turning the ball over five times and missing shots on the other four occasions.

Despite this poor stretch they still went into the final period with a six point lead, 49-43.

Turkey came within four, 55-51, on Peker's hook shot but their shooting touch disappeared again and they were unable to capitalize on their advantage on the offensive glass.

France took a 58-51 lead with 4:07 left when Joseph Gomis made three of four free-throws for a foul and an unsportsmanlike foul, and it proved to be the turning point as Tanjevic's men never got closer than five from then on.

Atsur led the way for Turkey with 15 points and Cenk added 10.

Kurtoglu and Ender Arslan - who spearheaded the team's comeback on Thursday - struggled throughout and finished a combined one for sixteen from the field.

By Simon Wilkinson, FIBA




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Old September 3rd, 2006, 07:09 PM   #2
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Speaking of Turkey, maybe the Suns should be talking turkey (financial) with Diaw now. I'm tired of worrying about it. I'm not sure if Diaw really did anything in the Worlds to increase his value. I'm not saying he didn't play well in the Worlds, but he can play better. Also I'm sure the absence of Tony Parker didn't help his game.

I'm just not sure if Diaw played like a go-to player like Pau Gasol. No wait, Spain won the Worlds without Gasol.
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Speaking of Turkey, maybe the Suns should be talking turkey (financial) with Diaw now. I'm tired of worrying about it. I'm not sure if Diaw really did anything in the Worlds to increase his value. I'm not saying he didn't play well in the Worlds, but he can play better. Also I'm sure the absence of Tony Parker didn't help his game.

I'm just not sure if Diaw played like a go-to player like Pau Gasol. No wait, Spain won the Worlds without Gasol.
It was the OTHER Gasol that helped them win it. Apparently Pau's brother is actually pretty good. Does anyone know anything about his status?
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Old September 4th, 2006, 12:21 AM   #4
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In that tournament Boris is a little disapointment for me.
He did good (sometime very good and sometime bad).
He was expected to step up with parker out.
That said he was still one of the French top players.

The great satisfactions for france are :
- F.Pietrus This guy should play in the NBA. He has so mutch energy. He is a shutdown: defender and his offensive game is improving. Unfortunately he didn't have a great season (being Garbajosa backup he doesn't have enough minutes).
- M.Gelabale: Seattle may have a gem in this player. He is a great defender, is good at everything, is very athletic. I guess he will have a good rookie year.
- F.Weiss:
Mister "posterized" Weiss is now a strong defensive center. He give some stability inside to the French squad. IMO he would be a great addition to any team in the NBA (to play ten minutes a game). Petro and Turiaf had some good sequence and hopefully will grow up with the french team.
- A.Jeanneau:
With Parker out he stepped us (dispite and injury). He manage the team really well. This guy will probably never see and NBA floor... but is it important? Y.Bokolo has shown he can become a very special player. This guy is learning the PG for one year (he is a former SG). He should be in the NBA soon.

The big disapointment are :
- M.Pietrus and L.Foirest these guys were supposed to give us some outside scoring. Both had catastrophic FG%. M.Pietrus really need to understand the game better if ghe wants to last in the NBA. He has a great body, his a good defender, can shoot (too much 3 from the corner?)... but is it enough??? Not sure.
- FT%:
This is very important in FIBA games and the french team sucks in that part of the game (Turkey even tried the Hack-a-Weiss tactic).

Thats all
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F.Pietrus had a summer league look by the Suns a few years ago.
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Old September 4th, 2006, 11:53 PM   #6
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F. Pietrus main problem is that he is a 4 in a 3 body (he is 6'6 or 6'7).
At the 4 he is a very special player. I am not sure he would bring that if he were to play the 3. Maybe the success of Diaw inside can open some coach minds.
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