The French U17 men's team finishes with bronze!

The French U17 men’s team finishes with bronze!

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The French U17 men’s team leaves Malaga with the bronze medal around their necks. In the small final of the World Cup, Les Bleuets dominated Lithuania from start to finish, to win 66 to 58.

The French U17 men’s team ended their World Cup on a high note. The French beat Lithuania 66-58 in the small final. In front almost from start to finish, they showed a real quality of honorable rebound after their defeat in the semi-finals against Spain less than 24 hours earlier. Silver in 2018 in Argentina, the U17 men’s selection therefore remains on the world podium.

19 assists for 66 points scored: a collective victory

The disappointment will have been immense on Saturday evening after the defeat against Spain, the short night, but the Blueberries were able to find the resources necessary to bounce back. Concentrated, applied, they harassed the Lithuanians to gain the upper hand during the first quarter. Consisting of the entire competition, Ilane Fibleuil (16 points at 7/12, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals for 20 evaluation in 26 minutes) gave 10 points ahead (35-25) to conclude the first half on a stratospheric dunk. Of this dunk, it was above all necessary to note the defense upstream. Repelling the Baltic attackers, the French caused a stray ball. Present on the pass line, Ilane Fibleuil was able to grab the swell and go on the counter-attack to put all her rage in this basket.

Generation Fournier: a bronze medal with a bitter taste

After the break, Bernard Faure’s players did not relax and were able to find collective options (19 assists) against the defense of the opposing zone, like an irreproachable Alexandre Sarr (11 points at 5/7 on shots, 2 rebounds and 4 assists for 18 rating in less than 20 minutes), second best passer on the team behind Theo Pichard (5 assists), and n°1 at +/- (+16). Serious and very present in the offensive rebound (20 shots), the tricolors counted up to 16 points in advance (61-45) to afford an easy success. A success that will not take away the regret of having missed the semi-final against Spain and leaving without having achieved the initial objective: gold.

“In the locker room yesterday (Saturday), it was complicated, we were all very disappointed, admitted Noah Penda, author of 12 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes this Sunday despite his loose ankle. Afterwards, we really thought about it, the night passed and we said to ourselves that the most important thing in the end was not to leave with nothing because after all the efforts we made during the preparation, the most important it was to walk away with something. »

In 2023, this generation will want to regain its place as No. 1 on the European continent by seeking the title at EuroBasket U18 in Serbia.

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What to remember from the French match against Lithuania:

  • Less than 24 hours after their painful defeat against Spain, the French have shown great mental and physical resources.
  • Les Bleuets approached things in a very collective way, with a good state of mind, a desire to respect the ideal instructions. Like the many assists from inside Alexandre Sarr, who has been off the bench since the start of the competition.
  • First round feeling, Ilane Fibleuil was consistent throughout the competition. He delivered an excellent first half (15 rating) and confirmed after the break. Sign of his evolution, the staff granted him the longest playing time of the meeting (26 minutes).
  • Too passive Saturday, Zaccharie Risacher was more aggressive this Sunday. With success (11 points at 5/8, 3 rebounds and 3 assists for 14 evaluation in 22 minutes)!
  • Embarrassed by his kneeas at the end of the preparation, Killian Malwaya played very little. Holder, he came back into play only for two possessions in the second quarter, before returning to the bench.

In Malaga,

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July 10, 2022 at 8:05 am

The French U17 men’s team ended their World Cup on a high note. The French beat Lithuania 66-58 in the small final. In front almost from start to finish, they showed a real quality of honorable rebound after their defeat in the semi-finals against Spain less than 24 hours earlier. Silver in 2018 in Argentina, the selection…

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