Defeated by Croatia (92-87) on Tuesday, the Blues swept Lithuania (98-77) Thursday in Orléans, for their third game of preparation for the Euro. Evan Fournier still shone, Axel Toupane also.
Vincent Collet and his players have repeated in chorus in recent days: less than a month from the beginning of the Euro (31 August-17 September), defense remains their “number one” and the defeat against the Croatia (92-87) on Tuesday had “the merit of confirming it”. Even though Joffrey Lauvergne (knee) and Vincent Poirier (calf) were forced to desert for a few days a racket already damaged by Rudy Gobert, Ian Mahinmi and Moustapha Fall, the Blues knew how to raise the intensity level against Lithuania on Thursday (98-77), in Orléans, with a collective increasingly licked (30 assists).
Launched by Evan Fournier, who beamed in the first quarter (10 points, 24-19), they quickly took the lead and raised their lead to 15 points in the middle of the second (34-19, 16th) An iron defense driven by a trio from the bench (Toupane, Labeyrie, Westermann). Lithuania are in break-in, attest his three defeats in four preparatory matches, and the Balts were probably legs heavy after their hard fight against Croatia (80-82) the day before. Mindaugas Kuzminskas made a comeback on the return of the locker room (42-37, 21st), but Fournier (17 points, 6 assists), Nando De Colo (17 points, 5 assists) and Louis Labeyrie (10) Quickly cooled the ardor of their opponents, whose delay had increased to 14 points (70-56) at the end of the third quarter.
At the energetic dunks of Valanciunas, liberated from the weight of a Seraphin limited by the faults in the snowshoe, the Blues then responded with a three-point festival, before the same Seraphin, back on the floor, Palais des Sports by crushing the circle.
Player: Axel Toupane scored points
Called at the last minute to compensate for the package of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Axel Toupane took his first steps in blue at the Palais des Sports, and when Collet’s obsession with defensive tasks is known, it is safe to say that the New winger Kaunas scored points Thursday. His reputation on this side of the field is no longer to be proved, and it was with him that France showed the most seductive face in his camp, straddling the first two quarterbacks (15-0, 19 -19 to 34-19).
The Mulhousien fills a lack on the wing, and it brings more offensive guarantees (12 points to 5/5 Thursday) than Ouattara or Jean-Charles, used in this position against Tunisia (67-53).