Late Accuracy Gets France In Semifinals

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FRANCE 51 – GREECE 49

Teams came out strong defensively and both struggled offensively. The lack of scoring didn't help either. After 5:30 the score was 6-5 for Greece, after three free throws from Evanthia Maltsi after being fouled while attempting a three pointer but France would end up ahead 10-7 back to back baskets from Florence Lepron and Isabelle Yacoubou Dehoui with 1:30 remaining.

Greece came out a little bit better in scoring in the second, nevertheless the game was mostly defensive although teams traded runs in the quarter and the lead changed sides up to six times during the quarter. A Jumper from Styliani Kaltsidou and a trey from Zoi Dimitrakou made it 15-12 after 3:30 but France regained the lead with a 6-0 run in the next three minutes to make it 18-15 after a put back from Yacobou-Dehoui. Pelaglia Papamichail and Evanthia Maltsi put Greece ahead again, 19-18, with two minutes remaining for the break to which France arrived in front after trading, 22-21, after a put back from Emmeline Ndongue.

After the break the game became more offensive and the trade dominated the third until the last two minutes. France managed to resist the Greeks attempts to regain the lead and finished the third ahead 37-34 after a basket from Sandrine Gruda, but until that moment the lead changed hands 8 times, the last after back to back 24 seconds violations from Greece, after which Elodie Godin scored 4 straight points with 2:11 remaining and none of the teams would score again.

Evanthia Maltsi finally appeared for Greece to lead the team by scoring 7 points in between minute 1:30 and minute 4 for just two pts from Sandrine Gruda and regain the lead for her team 44-39. Sandrine Gruda was the one who kept France in the game, not letting the Greeks to pull away. Greece didn't take advantage from France foul bonus after 3:30 in the quarter and their struggling in the shooting, credit to Frances defense, appeared in Greece that with two minutes remaining were up 49-45 after a freebie from Dimitra Kalentzou but in the ensuing possession Celine Dumerc found herself open at 45º in the perimeter and connected the shot to put France into one point 49-48 with 1:50 remaining. Greece missed its offense and in the French offense the ball got into Florence Lepron's hands who was open in the corner to connect the three pointer with 1:15 remaining and France won 51-49 since Greece wasn't able to score in that frame

Sandrine Gruda had 16 pts and 10 boards for France which out rebounded Greece 39-21.

Evanthia Maltsi was Greece's leading scorer with 18 pts, joined by Styliani Kaltsidou's 10.

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