Spain use 13-0 in fourth quarter to win Germany and advance to EuroBasket final

BERLIN (AP) — France sent a message en route to securing a place in the EuroBasket Championship game.

Former Celtic Guerschon Yabusele scored 22 points as France beat Poland 95-54 in the semi-finals of the European Championships on Friday.

“We just played our basketball,” Yabusele said. “We were really good in defense and we were really aggressive. We made everything difficult for them.

The 41-point margin was the largest ever in a EuroBasket medal round game played under the tournament’s current format, a victory of more than 40 points recorded by Croatia over Greece in the match for the bronze medal in 1993 and by the Soviet Union over Poland in the 1967 semi-finals.

Elle Okobo and Evan Fournier each picked up 10 points in a rare easy for France, which had outscored opponents by a total of 11 points in their opening seven games of the tournament – ​​and won each of their last two games in extra time, beneficial in both cases. free throws missed in the final moments by Turkey and Italy.

“We started the match with will and determination,” said French coach Vincent Collet. “That’s what made the difference.”

Next up for France: either Spain or host Germany, who met in the semi-finals late on Friday. The gold and bronze medal games are on Sunday.

“We worked very hard to get into this position,” said French center Rudy Gobert, who had six rebounds and three blocks. “Now we have one more game to play. When we started the preparations, the goal was to win the gold medal and now we are in a position to do so. So one more game.

Playing for gold represents the last big chance for France, who claimed their last major crown when they won EuroBasket in 2013. The French have since won two World Cup bronzes (2014, 2019), a bronze at EuroBasket (2015) and silver at the delayed Tokyo Olympics which were played in the summer of 2021.

Every stat on Friday showed France’s dominance. He shot 62%, compared to 32% for Poland. France held a 40-21 advantage in rebounding, a 22-9 advantage in points on turnovers and a 40-16 advantage in points in the paint.

“Like many games in this tournament, it can go south, it can go north,” Polish coach Igor Milicic said. “This game has gone south.”

AJ Slaughter and Michal Michalak led Poland – who qualified for the semi-finals by beating defending champions Slovenia 90-87 on Wednesday – with nine points each. It was Poland’s third loss in the tournament, all snatched. The others were a 30-point loss to Finland and a 29-point loss to Serbia in the group stage.

“We tip our hats to France,” said Slaughter, a Kentucky-born guard who helped Western Kentucky upend wins as the No. 12 seed in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Tournaments. They played a very good game tonight. … But we always hold our heads up high. We still have a medal game on Sunday. We will come back, play with pride and see if we can come away from here with a medal.

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