France Back In The Eurobaske Finals After 8 Years

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BELARUS 56 – FRANCE 64

None of the teams dominated the first quarter in which all was about trading baskets, reaching the end of the first with France in front 20-18.

However France controlled the second. After Trading in the first five minutes Sandrine Gruda sparked a 7-0 run to pass from 28-27 to 35-27 in the next 1:30, giving a first blow to Belarus that were struggling in the offense. In the last three minutes teams traded again to reach the interval with France ahead 40-34 after back to back three pointers from Emmanuelle Hermouet for France ans Volha Padabed for Belarus.

After the break Celine Dumerc put France in double digits margin two times in the first two minutes, the last 46-36. Anastasiya Verameyenka scored back to back baskets to make it 40-46. Then nobody would score in 2:30 until Isabelle Yacoubou sparked an 8-0 run capped by 4 straight points from Endene Miyem to put France ahead 55-40 with two minutes remaining and closing the game. Belarus still had to wait two minutes more to score with 1:45 remaining Yelena Leuchanka made it 55-42 and teams traded until the end of the third, entering the fourth 57-44 with France controlling the game.

In the last defenses starred again, scoring just two points each team in the first five minutes. Volha Padabed cut the drought for Belarus with a three pointer making it 59-49 with 5 minutes remaining and then became trading until the end, with France not allowing Anatoli Buyalski’s team to get closer than 8 pts, 54-62, after a basket from Katsiyarina Snytsina with 1:50 remaining, but Le Bleues had already closed the game and will be in their first final since 2001. The final score was 64-56.

Sandrine Gruda had 10 pts and 13 boards, Celine Dumerc 13 pts and Endene Miyem 11 pts.

For Belarus Yelena LEuchanka had 14 pts, Natalia Marchanka 10 pts and Anastasiya Verameyenka had 8 pts and 12 boards.

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