EuroBasket 2015: France gets the bronze medal!

Sep 20, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
EuroBasket 2015: France gets the bronze medal!
France conquered the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2015 by downing Serbia 81-68 in Lille on Sunday. France got its third consecutive EuroBasket medal - it won silver in 2011 and gold in 2013. Serbia missed the chance to get a EuroBasket medal for the first time since 2009. Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow led the winners with 20 points. Evan Fournier added 15, Rudy Gobert had 14 and 14 rebounds for a double-double while Tony Parker got 13 points for Les Bleus. Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Istanbul led Serbia with 14 points. Last season's Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica had 12 while Miroslav Raduljica of Panathinaikos Athens added 11 for Serbia, which were outrebounded by 43-29 and hit just 8 of its 31 attempts from beyond the three-point line. As many as 14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup players were available in this game, including both teams' top scorers.

De Colo got France going with a corner triple and soon added a backdoor layup for a 5-2 lead. Marko Simonovic stepped up for Serbia with a triple and good defense on Nicolas Batum. He got help from Bjelica to get Serbia within 10-9. De Colo and Mickael Gelabale of Le Mans Sarthe Basket rescued Les Blues but 5 unanswered points by Bogdanovic tied it at 16-16 after 10 minutes. Back-to-back baskets by an unstoppable Bogdanovic gave Serbia its first lead, 16-20, early in the second quarter. Fournier had 5 points in a 7-0 run that put France back ahead, 23-20. Stefan Markovic of Unicaja Malaga struck twice from downtown but Gobert and De Colo kept France ahead, 37-28. Bjelica and Nikola Kalinic of Fenerbahce brought Serbia within 37-32 at halftime. De Colo kept pacing France after the break and an alleyoop slam by Batum made it an eight-point game, 44-36. A red hot De Colo soon gave Les Bleus their first double-digit lead, 50-39. Serbia called timeout but France extended its margin to 58-44 at the end of the third quarter. Raduljica tried to bring Serbia back in the game and a layup by Markovic gave his team hope at 64-55 with over 4 minutes left. Fournier hit one from beyond the arc and Serbia never recovered, allowing over 20,000 fans to celebrate a well-deserved win.