BERLIN. France has sent a message that they are going to get a place in the EuroBasket championship game.
Former Celtic Gershon Jabusele scored 22 points as France beat Poland 95-54 in the semi-finals of the European Championship on Friday.
âWe just played basketball,â Yabusele said. âWe were very good defensively and we were very aggressive. We made it difficult for them.”
The 41-point gap was the largest ever for EuroBasket medals played under the current tournament format, with one over 40-point victory by Croatia over Greece in the 1993 bronze game and by the Soviet Union over Poland in 1993. Semi-final 1967.
El Okobo and Evan Fournier each had 10 points in a rare easy match for France, who outscored opponents by a total of 11 points in the first seven games of the tournament and also won each of the last two overtime matches, benefiting from missed free throws in both cases in the last moments by Turkey and Italy.
âWe started the game with will and determination,â said France head coach Vincent Collet. “That’s what mattered.”
Up next for France: either Spain or host Germany, who met at the end of the semi-finals on Friday. Games for gold and bronze medals will be held on Sunday.
âWe have worked very hard to be in this position,â France Center said. Rudy Gobert, who had six rebounds and three blocks. âNow we have another game ahead of us. When we started training, our goal was to win a gold medal, and now we are able to do it. So, another game.”
Playing for gold represents the last big chance for France, which captured its last major crown by winning the EuroBasket in 2013. Since then, the French have won two bronzes at the World Championships (2014, 2019), a bronze at the EuroBasket (2015) and a silver at the postponed Tokyo Olympics, which were played in the summer of 2021.
Each statistical Friday showed the dominance of France. He shot 62% compared to 32% for Poland. France had a 40-21 lead in rebounds, a 22-9 lead in no-loss points and a 40-16 lead in paint.
âLike many games in this tournament, it can go south or it can go north,â Poland coach Igor Milicic said. “This game has gone awry.”
AJ Slaughter and Michal Michalak led Poland to the semi-finals by beating defending champions Slovenia 90-87 on Wednesday with nine points each. It was Poland’s third defeat in the tournament, all of which were crushing. The others were a 30-point loss to Finland and a 29-point loss to Serbia in the group stage.
âWe take our hats off to France,â said Slaughter, the Kentucky quarterback who helped lead Western Kentucky to a 12th-place finish in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournaments. âTonight they showed a very good game. â¦ But we are still with our heads held high. We still have a medal game on Sunday. We will come back, play with pride and see if we can walk away with a medal.”
The Las Vegas Aces made it to the playoffs to prove a lot.
A’Jah Wilson wanted to prove that she wasn’t just an MVP, but that she could be the best player on a championship team. Becky Hammon was so close as a player but never won the ring and then came to the WNBA to prove she could win it all as a head coach. Kelsey Plum was trying to prove that she could go the full circle of her WNBA career from No. 1 pick to champion. Chelsea Grey, drafted out of Connecticut, was poised to prove she could be the woman who rose to MVP under pressure.
The Aces Sunday afternoon proved all this and more – that the Aces organization is changing the level of the WNBA game.
“They’re just big players, they love big moments, and I can’t teach you anything,” Hammon said when the Aces received the title trophy. âIt’s in their DNA. That’s who they are.”
For the second time in this Finals, Las Vegas won a Connecticut-style gameâphysical, defensive, low-scoring, and grinding. The Aces had one of the best offenses in WNBA history this season, and the Sun’s defense wiped it out.
However, the Aces still prevailed, 78-71, capturing the WNBA title with a 3-1 series win over the Sun. And in the native courtyard of the Sun.
Gray was named the Finals MVP after scoring 20 points in the win.
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What earned Las Vegas the title was not only the depth of talent, but also the drive to play together, which Hammon emphasized from the moment she walked in the door.
The Aces proved that depth matters – when they needed a bucket at the end of the fourth quarter, it wasn’t their biggest names, but 18-minute bencher Rikuna Williams, who was pulling triples en route to an 8-0 personal record. recorded a victory.
Williams was in the game because Hammon believed her Aces team would be small against three big Sun lineups.
âWell, obviously we went smaller. I felt like if we could break and just dig balls at the other end, it wouldn’t be easy for them to guard us there,” Hammon said. “So whoever their biggest player was, we made them pick and roll and then we just slipped away and made them pay.”
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The Aces have been a formidable offensive force this season, but Hammon has changed their defense by mixing things up. This goes back to her days under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs.
âYou know, we tried different defenses on Steph Curry Dame Lillard. I thought we could try something. If we can put it on them, we can put it on anyone,â Hammon said. âSo it was just an idea to try to give people a different look, just to mix them up.
âI think the most important thing is that the players really believed in it. It doesn’t matter which way you work. Players must believe in it. And I think in the end they saw enough good results that you know there were times when Chelsea called the defense, an unnecessary defense. I don’t even put us in the trash. She throws us in the trash. So it’s a fun way to play.”
Las Vegas has been a fun team all season, and Ace owner Mark Davis, also owner of the NFL Raiders, deserves credit for that. He belongs to a new generation of WNBA owners willing to spend money to make a better product – he gave Hammon a seven-figure contract to leave the NBA and become his team’s coach. He is building a new state-of-the-art training facility for them (due to open next season). He oversaw the front office, which put together the best roster in the WNBA.
Davis spent everything he could, and as a result, the players became stars, and Sin City took over the team. He has created a foundation that free agent players will want to be a part of.
And he created a champion who has nothing to prove this season.
BERLIN. As for Spain, almost all the names in the national team have changed in recent years.
There were no expectations. And the results too.
Juancho Hernangomes scored 27 points, his brother Willy Hernangomes added 14 points to take the tournament MVP title, and on Sunday Spain beat France 88-76 to win the EuroBasket gold medal.
It was the fourth Spanish championship in Europe in the last six attempts, and all these gold medals went to coach Sergio Scariolo.
Lorenzo Brown has 14 points and 11 assists for Spain, while Jaime Fernandez has 13.