Senior international basketball Tournoi International d'Ain Day 2
All Belgium's problems in putting together a senior international basketball team for this season can be briefly forgotten by Emma Meesseman's performance in the victory against Greece (84-80).
Four weeks ago Arvid Diels was not even sure who would be playing because of injuries, exams and players asking to be released.
However after this victory, Diels was very happy because his players were quickly into their stride and played for the full 40 minutes. Although Belgium still have a game to play in this competition, Diels is thinking about playing Germany next in the ADQ for EuroBasket and regrets missing to watch the friendly senior international basketball match between Germany and the Netherlands this weekend.
In the second game of the evening France dominated Israel from the tip-off to lead (20-6) by the end of the first quarter. With Sandrine Gruda and Emméline Ndongue (above in picture) scoring 12 points each France cruised to victory (76-40).
France, too strong for Israel
Pierre Vincent made one change to the team that beat Belgium on day one of the senior international basketball tournament in Ain by replacing Marion Laborde by Pauline Krawczyk.
France had a poor shooting day and actually missed a lot of simple shots but Israel were even worse.
All the same France dominated the first quarter and led (20-6). Vincent continued to turn his bench and experimented with different rotations.
Céline Dumerc and Edwige Lawson-Wade played at times together as France maintained their advantage (30-15) while Israel switched to zone.
Apart from the shooting France dominated all the sectors of the game and went into the locker room leading (36-18).
After the interval France played much better and put the game out of reach of their opponents by the end of the third quarter (61-36).
Israel applied a full court press during the final quarter. But with Florence Lepron leading the way France stretched their advantage to win comfortably (70-46).
All 12 players got on the score sheet with just Sandrine Gruda (right) and Emméline Ndongue in double digits with 12 points each. Gruda also had 10 rebounds.