Against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday afternoon, the France team remained serious and won (68-81). Find the main post-match reactions.
Evan Fournier: “I thought it was great that the Lithuanians cheered us on and said ‘Thank you’ at the end. It’s a superb audience and even the coaches came to thank us afterwards. Now the ball is in their court. We play to win, we know we are in a tournament where we can beat everyone. We know we can do better, we are not at our best level and we want to use these games to reach it. If we can do that, we can hit everyone. »
Vincent Collet: “We played a very serious game. Bosnia was great at the start, so it was tough. They were very motivated as they had a fantastic chance to qualify. They gave their all. But we were strong. We were able to make the difference in the second quarter by being good against their zone defense. However, we experienced a more difficult third act. We missed open shots, we weren’t on pace, but we didn’t panic. We found some rhythm at the end of the match.
It is a logical result in my eyes. Bosnia played fearlessly and with heart at the start. Our rotation is longer, we have tired them. We controlled the game well in money-time. I liked that we were much more serious and consistent. Defensively, our performance is in line with that of Lithuania, we were much more solid. In attack, overall, it was not too bad either but there is always this task: the lost balls. This is our Achilles heel. If we already remove 5-6 stray balls, we become another team but it is really worrying. The problem is that they are shared so it is really an individual responsibility. If he makes an admirable match elsewhere, Terry Tarpey loses four. On this, there are three that are not normal, not acceptable. If Terry Tarpey who has no role in the creation of the game loses 4 balls, how can we not lose 15 per game? It is absolutely necessary that everyone reason with each other. If we succeed, we will already cross a threshold, without even talking about the rest. »
Terry Tarpey: “We played seriously. It was a good reaction to Sunday’s game. It was a big match, we played collectively and showed the right face. Personally, I lost four balls. I was moderate (average) in the game. »
Evan Fournier: “I thought it was great that the Lithuanians encouraged us and said ‘Thank you’ at the end. It’s a superb audience and even the coaches came to thank us afterwards. Now the ball is in their court. We play for win, we know that we are in a tournament where we can beat everyone. We know that we can do mi…
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