A missed date. The Blues were beaten by their great rival, Spain (88-76), in the Eurobasket final, Sunday September 18, in Berlin. Led for almost the entire match, they were never able to win a second continental title after 2013. For their part, the Spaniards pocket a fourth European championship (2009, 2011, 2015 and 2022).
As during its first three coronations, Spain overwhelmed France on its way. This 41st edition of the Eurobasket was no exception as the Habs missed their game while the overflown semi-final against Poland gave hope. The French team comes out with the feeling of never having really launched its final.
It was only when they returned from the locker room that France showed their true face. In the wake of a transformed Guerschon Yabusele after the break (7 points in the third quarter, 13 in total), she came back on the heels of Spain (46-49, 24th). A flash in the pan for a few minutes which ultimately did not reverse the course of a very badly started final.
Apart from Rudy Gobert’s first point of the match (6 points and 6 rebounds), Vincent Collet’s players have never led in the score, completely overwhelmed by a Spain that is less talented than its predecessors. But his collective has completely extinguished the France team, as in the last three Franco-Spanish confrontations in the final phase of an international competition.
Stammering in attack like their too many ball losses (19), and clumsy, France could not even count on their defensive wall. So important against Poland in the semi-finals, the defense has never disturbed the Iberian collective. “They are too comfortable”regretted at the break Elie Okobo at the microphone of Canal +.
Juancho Hernangomez took advantage of the tricolor apathy to feast. Thanks to his 18 points at 6/7 three-pointers in the first period, the strong winger of the Toronto Raptors (NBA) widened a significant gap (35-16, 14th and 47-26, 18th). No Frenchman could stop him (27 points in total), just like his brother Willy Hernangomez (14 points). With Lorenzo Brown as a bonus (14 points), the offensive trident was thunderous.
– CANAL + Basket (@CanalplusBasket) September 18, 2022
Pioneers of the French defense, Andrew Albicy was quickly hampered by faults while Rudy Gobert did not have the expected influence. The defensive adaptations attempted by Vincent Collet even failed.
On the other side of the field, the crazy address interviewed against Poland has been missing. In the wake of a complicated Eurobasket, Evan Fournier missed the opportunity to carry the team on his back at the best time. Targeted by the Spanish defense, he lacked consistency and woke up a little too late (9 out of 23 points in the fourth quarter), when the score was already set for La Roja.
After three international medals in a row, the Blues are still missing the opportunity to steal the gold medal. The goal proudly displayed before the start of the Eurobasket. Money had, on Sunday, in the Berlin night, a bitter taste. “Of course it does, it hurts, we came for the gold”recalled Guerschon Yabusele on Canal +.