The fourth day of the youth international basketball U16 European Championship Women Division A went well for France.
Russia have remained perfect after another demonstration in youth international basketball with a (90-52) victory against Lithuania.
The official decided to stop the game with about one second left to play. Finland used a time-out. But with a second to get from the half-way line to the basket the chance was gone.
Belgium beat Turkey (78-48) and Serbia held off Spain (59-56) to bring themselves back in the competition.
The fight to avoid relegation has started. The first day went well for Belarus and Sweden as they won their opening games.
Sweden beat Germany (66-61) and Belarus won against (72-52).
France made it four wins from four matches
France got quickly into their stride with Laure Mercier scoring the first points of the game with less than 30 seconds on the scoreboard.
Sabrine Bouzenna hit a trey followed by a fast break by Margaux Galliou for France to lead (7-0) with less than three minutes played.
Tereza Vyoralová broke the French sequence for the Czech Republic with a floated jump shot in the paint.
However France got back into their stride with back to back scores from Bouzenna and Christelle Diallo (left) to lead (11-2) with five minutes played.
Arnaud Guppillotte, the French coach, started to rotate his roster and the Czech Republic took advantage to score twice in the paint.
Once the new players settled, France switched to distance shooting.
Sara Chevaugeon and Caroline Plust fired shots from almost the same spot from behind the arc as France finished the first period ahead by 10 points (17-7).
France scored quickly to start the second period. But then the Czech Republic hit back with 5 points which included a trey from Simona Strmisková.
Guppillotte was not happy with this. When his team failed to get a shot off before the 24-second clock buzzer sounded, he called for a time-out.
60 seconds later Diallo was driving to the basket to score.
Diallo was everywhere for France as her side scored 6 more points to stretch their advantage (27-14) with five minutes left to play in the quarter.
A string of substitutions from both sides stopped the flow of the game. The players lost their way and common to youth international basketball at this age group, the turnovers started and the scoring stopped.
Richard Fousek, the coach from the Czech Republic, had seen enough and called for his first time-out.
The quality of the game did not improve for the rest of the quarter.
France went into the locker room leading (29-16) after a buzzer-beater jump shot from Galliou (right).
Both teams came out more aggressive after the break and played much better basketball.
Diallo and France appeared to be in a hurry to put an end to the game. Within 20 seconds she had added 2 more points to her tally.
The Czech Republic interrupted the French attack with Dominika Pohunková scoring and drawing a foul.
Yet Diallo resumed her show with back to back scores and with Chevaugeon adding 2 more points for France (37-19).
After the 90-second blitz the scoring stopped completely for almost two minutes.
Then the Czech Republic scored through Michaela Vojtková. But once again Diallo, with her 14th point of the match, got France going again.
The tempo slowed down and Claire Stievenard was given all the space in the world to hit a trey.
Olivia Epoupa (left) ended the French run with her only points of the game although France’s advantage grew (44-21) with three minutes left to play in the quarter.
The Czech Republic scored 6 points but nothing in the last two minutes of the quarter as the French defense kept them at bay.
France went into the final quarter leading (44-27).
With Diallo pacing her side France went further ahead (53-29) with five minutes left to play.
The game played itself out with France wining (55-31). Diallo top scored with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
First phase comes to an end
France have no pity for Poland
France open with a victory against Lithuania
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Date created: 03 August 2009