The Blues did the job. Opposing the Dutch, who were looking for a victory for a year and a half, the French secured Kindarena from Rouen this Sunday, achieving a great victory (89-65).
If the Olympic runners-up had time to enter the match, especially in defense where the Oranje took several jumps at the beginning of the game, the home team relied on the dominant Gobert-Poirier doublet in the opponent’s racket. Authors of 10 and 8 points and 7 and 3 rebounds in the first period, the two friends contributed to the Blues returning to the locker room at the top of the standings with a six-point advantage (45-39).
The Blues stepped up after the break
In the second period, Vincent Collet’s players closed ranks and found an address worthy of the name with three points to take off. Evan Fournier, three times, and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot thus planted the banderillas allowing their men to count 20 lengths ahead at the start of the final quarter. The Blues then took care of the finish and won with a comfortable margin (+ 24).
Without Victor Wembanyama, Andrew Albicy and Moustapha Fallo, but with Isaïa Cordinier and Élie Okoba among others showing the tip of their noses, the Blues are off to a good start in their preparations for the Euros (September 1-18). Next Friday they welcome Italy in Bologna in another friendly match.