Youth basketball in Bourg-en-Bresse
France and Poland open with victories

The international youth basketball tournament organised by the Groupe Sportif Carriat Basketball club doubles up the club's U10 tournament.

This is the 21st edition of this tournament and it has become the official opening tournament for the France U20 programme.

Bulgaria U20 © womensbasketball-in-france.comThe first match of this edition was between Poland and Bulgaria.

The head coach of Bulgaria, José Luis Hernandez, comes from Spain and he is in his second season with the Bulgarian national programme.

He came to France without Maria Boycheva and Antonia Zagorova and had to witness a poor match by his players in the opening game.

Poland showed no mercy to Bulgaria and killed off the game as a contest by the end of the first quarter leading (23-3).

It was one-way traffic for the rest of the game with Poland winning (67-26).

France U20 © womensbasketball-in-france.comThe second match between France and Germany was much more interesting.

The teams traded baskets at the start of the match with France finishing on top (9-7). France then scored 6 unanswered points as they appeared to have regained control of the game.

For the rest of the quarter France went to sleep while Germany helped themselves to 14 points to win the first quarter (21-15).

Diandra Tchatchouang and Leslie Matanga started the French charge at the start of the second quarter.

The Germans were out-scored and out-rebounded for the rest of the quarter leaving France to go the locker room leading (39-28).

France controlled the pace for the rest of the match and led by as many as 16 points during the third quarter, an advantage which they extended to 21 by the final buzzer (75-54).

Tchatchouang led the French attack with 14 points and was joined in double digits by Pauline Thizy, Hhadydia Minte and Maud Medenou with 13, 12 and 10 points each.

Stephanie Wagner and Svenja Brunckhorst scored 15 points apiece for Germany.

The results from day 1:

France 75-54 Germany
Poland 67-26 Bulgaria

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Date created: 26 June 2010

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