Eurobasket-2022: new Spanish nightmare for French basketball

Eurobasket-2022: new Spanish nightmare for French basketball

Nine years after the only coronation of French basketball, the Blues were eliminated on Sunday in Berlin in the Eurobasket final (88:76) against their worst opponent Spain, so often tricolor dream killers.

The pain is great for the runner-up Olympic champions “not to finish second”, as they repeated a year after another lost final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

To add to the pain, they bow to the Spanish nemesis who already kicked them out of the final of Euro 2011, the 2012 Olympics, the home Euro 2015 or even the 2016 Olympics.

“So close to goal, it’s hard to beat,” pivot Rudy Gobert admitted heatedly.

The Pau brothers and Marc Gasol have retired, another sibling has donned the clothes of the blues’ henchmen: Willy and Juancho Hernangomez. The 37-year-old veteran Rudy Fernandez, who was the link to Tony Parker in the losing 2011 final, had never really shed them.

Touched by grace, the Denver Nuggets’ inner workings Juancho Hernangomez (27 points) bullied the Blues from long range. Anyone who shot to 30% success behind the line signed 7/9 (78%). His brother Willy added 14 points.

A year after the final of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the vice-Olympic champions fail again at the last step.

Except this time it’s not against the intimidating United States, but against a young Spanish team of just eight players who have already competed in a major tournament.

In contrast, they were also in the band of Evan Fournier (23 points) and Rudy Gobert (6 points and 6 rebounds) who took part in the Japanese adventure.

Overwhelmed by the challenge and Spain’s defensive rage, Vincent Collet’s men let the final slip away in the first half. They were never able to fully catch up on the deficit of 21 points (47:26) suffered in the second quarter.

– All games led –

Collet had warned: “The finale has to be a work.” His men did not provide the expected picture, brush trembling contributed to the usual inaccuracies (19 shot losses).

Finally, the finale faithfully portrays their journey: apart from the Polish bracket, nothing was ever easy. “You never give up,” applauded the coach after the wonderful qualification against Italy and the second in a row against Turkey.

Once again, his players didn’t go under at the height of the storm, they even kept their hopes up. In particular, Evan Fournier, found captain. His five points just before returning from the dressing room allowed him to find the ground just ten lengths back (47-37).

The rebound momentum continued at a 20-2 before briefly returning to three points (49-46). Without ever being able to return to that final, they only had one possession (1-0).


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