French U20s get off to a perfect start against Croatia at EuroBasket

Victorious over Croatia (76-65) this Saturday, July 16 in Podgorica, the French U20s, vice-world champions U19, resumed the EuroBasket well. Matthew Strazel and his teammates would like to postpone a second title in this age category to France, after the 1990 generation in 2010.

allThe U19 world vice-champions barely flinched! Physically dominating, the French U20s have assumed their status as the best European nation. Even without the XXL contribution of Victor Wembanyama (born in 2004), Frédéric Crapez’s men seem determined to seek a sacred European title to finish their international career. Apart from the 1990 generation of Andrew Albicy, of Paul Lacombe & Co’, France has never won a title in this age category.

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Matthew Strazel and Clément Frisch, natural leaders

This first meeting was absolutely nothing like a health walk. Faced with a diminished generation of European U16 champions, Les Bleuets were solid defensively. And took advantage of a Matthew Strazel already in good shape (22 points at 8/13 on shots, 4 rebounds and 1 assist for 22 evaluation) to sign a first easy victory (76-65). A few small jumps in concentration, some difficulties with the zone defense however allowed the Croats to make up for their delay after returning from the locker room (- 7, 38-45, 26′).

But the reliability, especially at 3 points (4/7), of the Villeurbannais rear makes the difference in hot moments. Clément Frisch, voted best young Pro B this season with Denain, has blackened the statistics sheet in all areas of the game (11 points but 4/11 on shots, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for 18 evaluation ).

An interior sector still in the running-in phase

Counting up to nineteen lengths in advance (38-19, 18′), the 2002 generation is still in the running-in phase in this competition. Les Bleuets will have to find more solutions inside or risk being punished during ax matches. A rise in power of a Yvan Ouedraogo is expected on the side of the tricolor staff. The match against Belgium this Sunday (to be followed live on La Chaîne L’Équipe at 9 p.m.) seems to be the perfect opportunity.

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Best U23 player then best young player in Pro B, Clément Frisch was invaluable at the start of the competition (photo FIBA).

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July 16, 2022 at 4:23 am

allThe U19 world vice-champions barely flinched! Physically dominating, the French U20s have assumed their status as the best European nation. Even without the XXL contribution of Victor Wembanyama (born in 2004), Frédéric Crapez’s men seem determined to seek a sacred European title to finish their international career. Apart from the g…

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