The historic Luka Doncic in a fusion (47 points!) bent the French basketball players, defeated by Slovenia (88-82) on Wednesday in Cologne. The setback pits them against Turkey in the round of 16 of Eurobasket-2022, a meeting scheduled for Saturday at a time yet to be determined.
It took the historic Doncic to stop the Blues getting better and better, game by game, at this Euro 2022. As the Dallas Mavericks NBA superstar established himself as the second leading scorer in the Eurobasket game on Wednesday, ahead of Greek legend Nikolaos Galis (46 points against Sweden in 1983).
After his 36 points the day before and two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 41, this tournament continues to offer stratospheric performances.
It must be said that the Slovenians played for the first place in the group, and that they were left with a painful memory of Nicolas Batum’s counter at the buzzer in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo (90-89).
“It was very difficult to digest,” the Slovenian phenom said at a press conference the day before. “It was our first Olympics and we finished fourth, which is the worst possible place. It was hard to move on. »
In the Kölnarena riddled with “MVPs” for the Dallas Mavericks superstar, Wednesday’s game was almost the same hanging until the last two minutes of the last quarter (82:82).
With this second loss of the tournament against the Slovenians, the Olympic runners-up finish the group stage in third place in their very tough Group B, ahead of last qualifiers Lithuania but behind Germany and Slovenia.
With Turkey dominated on Wednesday by Spain (72-69), the Blues inherited second in Group A and the selection lessened by possible injuries to their naturalized American leader Shane Larkin.
With one finger affected, the crowned star in the Euroleague with Efes Istanbul returned to the shores of the Bosphorus to pass his exams, coach Ergin Ataman told a press conference, assuring he would play in the round of 16.
On the French side, there is uncertainty surrounding Real Madrid insider Guerschon Yabusele. The Blues’ second-highest scorer at this Euro 2022 (14.8 points) was “spared” against Slovenia “after thigh discomfort following the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina”, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) said in a press release. .