|Host City: Kayseri|
|Host City: Istanbul|
|Host City: Ankara|
|5. Puerto Rico||1/4||6|
|6. Cote d'Ivoire||1/4||6|
|Host City: Izmir|
|3. New Zealand||3/2||8|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|21/03/1990||Sèvres, France||Paris-Levallois Basket, Pro A (FRA)|
|14/12/1988||Lisieux, France||Portland Trail Blazers, NBA (USA)|
|16/06/1987||Brest , France||Le Havre, Pro A (FRA)|
|23/11/1983||Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire||DKV Joventut, ACB (ESP)|
|05/11/1986||Rouen, France||Dallas Mavericks, NBA (USA)|
|18/09/1989||Pau, France||Asvel, Pro A (FRA)|
|19/06/1985||Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dem.Rep. of Congo||Gravelines Dunkerque, Pro A (FRA)|
|19/01/1981||Abymes, France||Valencia, ACB (ESP)|
|23/06/1987||Sainte Catherine, France||Valencia, ACB (ESP)|
|16/04/1982||Cormeilles, France||Bobcats, NBA (USA)|
|22/05/1983||Pointe Noire, France||(FRA)|
|28/02/1985||Ivory Coast, Cote d'Ivoire||Virtus Roma, Seria A (ITA)|
ANKARA (2010 FIBA World Championship) – Turkey got off to the perfect start and never looked back as they cruised past Ivory Coast
86-47 in front of a 7,700 strong crowd at Ankara Arena.
Omer Onan, Kerem Tunceri and Ersan Ilyasova led a three-point barrage in the early going to take a commanding 14-0 lead.
Ivory Coast eventually got in the scoring column, courtesy of Mohamed Kone. Once they got that first basket, the underdogs seemed to relax and get into the game.
The hosts had a 23-11 advantage at the end of the opening quarter, but the visitors did not let that – and the partisan crowd – deter them as they found their stroke from long range at the start of the second period to get within six, 25-19.
However, the hosts applied some effective zone defense and Randoald Dessarzin – without star point guard Pape-Philippe Amagou through injury – turned the ball over time and time again, leading to easy baskets for the Turks who led 40-22 at the break.
Bogdan Tanjevic rested his starters in the third quarter but the move did not seem to throw off his charges as they maintained a comfortable lead.
The visitors looked visibly tired in the final period and the Turks took full advantage as they stretched their advantage and did so in style.
Ilyasova fed Omer Asik for an easy dunk and later Sinan Guler, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the victory, wrapped a behind the back pass to Onan for a lay-up to make it 70-41. The latter then followed that up with a three-pointer much to the crowd’s delight.
Bogdan Tanjevic (Turkey head coach): “We got off to a very good start, especially the team game we played. We did well on defense, our zone press was good. The support of our fans made us very happy and gave us power. Congratulations to all my players.”
Sinan Guler (Turkey guard): “Our fans fuelled us tonight. They gave us a lot of energy. When looking at the game in general, we were efficient in all parts, without neglecting the defense. Hedo (Hidayet Turkoglu), our top scorer, didn’t score except for free-throw but he helped us with seven assists. We have shown our game as a team very well and if we keep doing that, we can keep this good game with good results including Russia.”
Randoald Dessarzin (Ivory Coast head coach): “We didn’t fight enough and also we really missed the experience of Pape-Philippe Amagou. We lost our second guard, Issife Soumahoro, during the game and Turkey didn’t need that to put themselves in the driver’s seat. Today we didn’t play with enough fluency. Our lack of experience is what made us lose. There are positives to take. I think we played well at the end of the first quarter.”
Guy Edi (Ivory Coast guard/forward): “We were a little tense and this was an intimidating atmosphere. We started slow but got into the game after a while. Some of our players were injured so we had to change the system. But we still could have played better.”
|N. De Colo||6||135||18/37||48.6||9/16||56.2||9/21||42.9||8/8||100||1||10||11||13||16||11||5||0||53|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
Will the “eternal potential” of France ever be seen?
With Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, Mike Piétrus and Ronny Turiaf, France would have had a good chance to play for the podium. However, by mid-July, three of those four had bailed out and Noah was very likely to do the same. Now some youngsters are coming along. So how good will France actually be?
Since EuroBasket 1999 – played at home and ended on two “no shows” both during the semi-final and during the Bronze medal game – France has made a habit of missing great opportunities, blossoming for good and helping basketball develop in a country where competition between sports is as tough as anywhere else. Why is this? Well simply because French hoops has to compete with rugby (a sport unknown almost anywhere else), handball, and some huge events such as the Tour de France or Roland Garros in tennis, before even mentioning football.
Popular enthusiasm and following of the Franch National Team has on occasion been held back by sheer bad luck, as was the case during the 2000 Olympic Games, when Antoine Rigaudeau and his team-mates won silver, receiving the biggest TV viewing figures of the event. The only problem was that those Olympics were in Sydney, Australia, so the final game versus the Dream Team, at 3am was seen by 800,000 sports fans, while there could have been up to 15 million had the game been played in the daytime or evening.
Now, 10 years on, France is still talking about the potential basketball powerhouse they could become, with its 20 players drafted by NBA franchises and dozen or so guys under contract in the world’s top flight league. Using the great 1982 born ‘golden generation’ (Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Mike Piétrus etc.), France came close to matching Lithuania in the EuroBasket 2003 semis before losing. Leading Greece by seven points with 40 seconds to go in the same Championship two years later, again in the semis, les ‘Bleus’ were beaten by a last second Dimitris Diamantidis shot. Their bad fortune can also be summed up by EuroBasket 2009 during which they lost only once, albeit to eventual champions Spain. Since 2003, France has always fallen to the eventual champion - Lithuania in 2003, Greece in 2005, Russia in 2007 and Spain last summer.
Ahead of this summer’s FIBA World Championship, France is facing the prospect of playing without a number of key players missing – as are the tournament’s main contenders. Indeed France, who could have come for the first time with a very performing point guard-center tandem of All-Star Parker and Noah, will have to do without both of them in Turkey. Although this is somewhat understandable, following the soccer National Team’s farcical football World Cup, basketball in France could have gained much had charismatic players like Parker and Noah competed in Turkey. It’s just too bad for French basketball that it will probably not happen.
Focusing on those who will be present, there was some good news. Dallas’ combo guard, Rodrigue Beaubois, proved this season, via his sublime 40-point performance against Minnesota that he has every chance of becoming the “new TP”. But the bad news came quickly, since Beaubois broke his foot early in preparation and is now out for the whole summer. Coach Collet called Andrew Albicy, the 20-year-old MVP of the U20 European Championship this summer, to replace Rodrigue.
Nicolas Batum, in Portland, was injured for part of the season but he was so good that when he came back, that he pushed Rudy Fernandez, a European basketball superstar, further down the bench than expected. At the guard, Nando De Colo has had an impressive first year in Liga ACB and Yannick Bokolo, a combo guard from Gravelines, can help.
Waiting in the wings is former Sonic, Mike Gelabale, who is enjoying a good comeback. Boris Diaw, from Charlotte, is also always there for the National Team but he is increasingly becoming a power forward rather than a “3”. Who are we missing? Mike Piétrus, who has gained a reputation for providing very good excuses for not coming.
France’s force could therefore for once be in the paint where they have three NBA players to use - Ajinça, Mahinmi or Petro. The only problem is that those three have not played hoops these past years and Vincent Collet would certainly love to be able to use inside players who actually play some basketball, such as Ali Traoré, who just transferred from ASVEL to Virtus Roma.
So what can we expect from France? Its difficult to say. Once more, the potential is there – but how high can this potential bring them? The first games of preparation, with two large losses versus Canada in Toronto, made all observers quite worried…