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IZMIR (FIBA World Championship) – France has shown that practice match form counts for little with an amazing 72-66 upset victory over defending champion Spain in Izmir.
The Spanish defence had France in handcuffs for much of the first half, but a late second quarter rally led by Mickael Gelabale and 20 year old debutante Andrew Albicy (13 points) set up Les Bleus for a most improbable victory.
Gelabale was superb, finishing with 16 points and 6 rebounds and hitting a brace of big shots. Where he left off, Nicolas Batum (14 points) stepped up in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points including five straight in the final quarter to give France a lead the Spaniards could not reel in. After the game Batum visited with FIBATV.Com.
For Spain, Juan-Carlos Navarro hit a string of late shots to finish with 17 points, while Rudy Fernandez scored 13 but cost his team with a technical foul in the last quarter and some key defensive lapses.
For much of the first half the story was defence. Spain led 10-4 after nearly seven minutes, 18-9 at quarter time and 23-13 with 5:30 to play in the second period.
At that point Gelabale stepped up, hitting a big three to revive the French crowd and spark a 14-5 to finish the quarter. Gelabale would hit two more baskets in the run, which also included a three-pointer from Albicy and an early candidate for dunk of the tournament from Batum.
The 178cm Albicy, a star at last year’s FIBA U19 World Championship, was crucial in the run, nullifying the speed of Ricky Rubio and allowing his team to get ball movement that wasn’t possible in the first 15 minutes. The charge Albicy drew on Rubio in the last minute sealed the contest and completed his clear victory at the point guard position.
When Spain opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run over the first 4:40 it appeared the French resistance had been quelled. But Les Bleus surged again and a three point buzzer beater from Batum brought them within 43-44 three quarter time, setting the scene for their final quarter heroics.
France faces Lebanon tomorrow at 6:30pm, while Spain play New Zealand at 9pm.
Collet: It was a chance for us to match with the last champion of the tournament,Spain.With the win that we took from this gam we gained our confidence back
Bokolo: At the beginning we were efficient just in defensive end.But in the second half we gained an impact in both sides of the court.I’m happy because we win over a though team like Spain
Garbajosa:We did not perform well and we could not find a way to drill France’s defense.This is just the first game.I think that we will get beter.
Scariolo: Congrats to France coach.We were effective at the beginning of the game.But, in further parts of the game we could not attack on France’s defense.France did pretty good job on defence.We lost our stability in the game as well as the match
IZMIR (FIBA World Championship) - A disciplined 24-13 final quarter and the brilliance of stalwart Fadi El Khatib have delivered an emotional 81-71 victory over Canada in Izmir, which they celebrated with their vocal fans.
For much of the game Canada looked the better team, but a stunning second half display by El Khatib (31 points, 8 rebounds) and strong support from point guard Rony Fahed (17 points) and Matt Freije (12 points, 4/7 three pointers) allowed Lebanon to record their come-from-behind victory.
For Canada, Joel Anthony was a force inside with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and received support from Andy Rautins (10 points), Denham Brown (13 points) and Levon Kendall (11 rebounds).
Crucially, Lebanon restricted Anthony and Rautins, who were dominant in the first half, to just two field goal attempts in the final quarter.
Both teams promised to play quick and in the first quarter they delivered, thrilling the large crowd in Izmir. Rautins nailed two big three pointers early, which were answered in kind by Lebanon big man Matt Freije.
Canada broke free after quarter time and consecutive Anthony baskets gave them a 30-25 lead. But Lebanon answered to draw even to set the trend for the next two quarters.
Canada started the third term with a 7-1 run, but Lebanon answered immediately through back-to-back threes from El Khatib and Fahed, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the game.
Canada then responded with two of their own to take a 52-44 lead with 4:45 to play, but El Khatib would not let his team lie down, scoring at will near the basket on his way to 16 points for the quarter to bring Lebanon within one.
The last quarter was all Lebanon, who executed in the half court and coolly converted important free throws, leaving Canada coach Leo Rautins to lament his team shooting 2/9 from the perimeter in the final term and a 26-11 foul count.
Lebanon faces France tomorrow at 6:30pm, while Canada will regroup to take on Lithuania at 4pm.
Ali Mamoud (Player) : We had prepared very well physically and psychologically. We concentrated on the game. All victories are important for us, there has been four years since our last good performance but every victory has a different importance for us.
Tab Baldwin (Coach): We are happy. People don’t expect anything from teams like Lebanon. Basketball is universal sport and there are important players all over the world. Canada was a hard team. Fadi El Khatib played very well in the World and Asia Championships, he believes in himself and he is playing very well.
We defeated France four years ago. There are so many injured players but they are one of the best teams in the world. We will play our best against France.
Leo Rautins (Coach): It was a hard game for us. There were differences between two teams. We made so many turnovers. Lebanon scored so many points from free-throws. But now we will focus on tomorrow’s game. Lithuania is a good team. We need to be more aggressive.