A fourth quarter run used by “Les Bleus” the defeat the “Tall Giants” when France and New Zealand clashed in the main game of the 2016 FIBAOQT.
Almost the entire game was controlled by team New Zealand, they were able to edge team France in offensive rebounds 20-8 and used the extra positions to convert into second chance points. They led as many as 13 points as Corey Webster able to hit several open three-pointers.
However, the team that is positioned at number 5 and the highest ranking basketball squad to take part in the 2016 FIBAOQT – Manila leg won’t give the game without a fight. With its superstars sitting on the bench, the French nationals found a player to provide them a spark. Mickaël Gelabale scored seven points in the fourth quarter that puts the New Zealand lead to just two points, 50-52.
Thomas Heurtel fired a three-pointer and that was the dagger thrown by France to New Zealand. Right after that position, the “Tall Black” won’t able to convert open shots and commited many turnovers going down the stretch. The head coach of France wanted to finish strong as he re-entered his best players back in the ball-game when 4:07 remaining on the clock. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Joffrey Lauvergne and Nando de Colo responded as they closed the game with a seven point advantage.
Corey Webster led all scorers with his 21 points while his younger brother, Tai Webster was only held to just 9 points due to an early foul trouble. Isaacc Fotu added 8 points along with his 10 rebounds.
Nando de Colo and Tony Parker only got a combined 13 points with an off-night shooting from the field, 5-of-12.
New Zealand will face Canada while France will take on Turkey in their tomorrow’s semi-final game schedule.
France (66) – Gelabale 11, Diaw 10, Tillie 10, Heurtel 7, Lauvergne 7, De Colo 7, Parker 6, Kahudi 4, Diot 2, Pietrus 2
New Zealand (59) – C.Webster 21, T.Webster 9, Fotu 8, Abercrombie 6, Loe 6, Ili 4, Bartlett 3, Vukona 2