the keys to the French team’s semi-final against Poland

The French men’s team is just one game away from a guaranteed medal, two victories away from the second European title in its history (after 2013). But to achieve the goal that was proudly announced before the start of the Eurobasket, the Blues must watch out for Poland, Friday September 16 in the semi-finals (5:15 pm), which surprisingly fell to Slovenia in the previous round (90 -87). ). Franceinfo: sport gives you the keys to the game.

Bale loss management

France's Andrew Albicy (left) in front of Italy's Nicolo Mannion during the Eurobasket quarter-final, in Berlin (Germany), September 14, 2022. (OLIVER BEHRENDT / AFP)

The main mistake of the French team is obvious to everyone: too many lost balls. Since the start of the competition, France have wasted an average of 15.9 shots per game. No one is worse in this Eurobasket. By way of comparison, Poland loses 4.5 fewer balls per game. Germany and Spain, poster of another semi-final, will protect the “swell” better.

“We are very worried about our lost balls, it is an Achilles heel. It is a weakness in the structure of our team”said coach Vincent Collet on the eve of the quarter-final against Italy (93-85 after extra time). It has to be stopped because there is no sequel, no matter what the opponent is. It comes from a lack of discipline, effort in markdowns”, he was angry after the victory against Turkey (87-86 after extra time), in the round of 16, where the 21 balls lost by the Blues brought 36 points (!) Turkish. Except for the nine balls lost against Lithuania (77-73), France has never lost less than 17 balls. In dealing with Poland, the moment may be right to solve this great problem.

Better approach the third quarter

In addition to handling the ball, the Blues have another big weak point in the Eurobasket: the return from the locker room. Since the start of the competition, Vincent Collet’s teammates have lost in the third quarter five times (in seven games). In total, they got 26 points in the third round (137-111). In the round of 16 and the quarter-finals, it was almost fatal for the Olympic vice-champions, especially the 19-0 against Turkey and 17-3 against Italy.

“These are the times when we lose our pace a little bit. It’s always from the attackdecrypts Rudy Gobert, in a press conference, on the eve of the semi-final. We are not very good, we are not very connected and at the back we have bad shots or we lose balls. It offers the teams in front easy baskets because it is very difficult to defend after losing the balls.” The numbers confirm the analysis of the triple best defender in the NBA (2018, 2019 and 2021) since the Blues came within twelve points in the third quarter against Germany (12), Lithuania (10), Bosnia and Herzegovina (8) and Turkey (6).

Mateusz Ponitka control

The Poles Jaroslaw Zyskowski, A;J.  Slaughter and Mateusz Ponitka (from left to right) during their victory over Slovenia in the quarter-finals of the Eurobasket, in Berlin (Germany), on September 14, 2022. (OLIVER BEHRENDT / AFP)

In the thunderclap that was the victory of Poland against Slovenia (90-87), Wednesday, in the quarter-finals, one person exploded on the screen: Mateusz Ponitka. The back of Zénit Saint-Petersburg released a great performance with a triple-double: 26 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. He has already played a big part against Ukraine (94-86), in the round of 16, with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Thanks to his speed and his reading of the game, he is the center of his team. Terry Tarpey III and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot have a mission to limit its influence.

On his side, two other players are famous in the French championship. AJ Slaughter, a naturalized American, enjoyed greatness in Cholet, Chalon-sur-Saône, Strasbourg and ASVEL where he won the national title in 2019. At the age of 35, the back is not bleeding much but still scored 14.3 points every game in the competition. Finally, the beautiful story brought the name of Aaron Cel. Polish international since 2014, the native of Orleans wears the jersey of the France team with selected youth, from under 16 to under 20.”If this is the biggest game of my life? Yes. It’s magic for me, it’s a dream, especially in my last tournament.” BeBasket announced the one who will retire internationally at the end of Eurobasket.

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