MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – With swingman Nic Batum in uniform, the complete roster of the France national team dispatched Turkey, 75-63, and advanced to the final of the FIBA Manila Olympic Qualifying tournament on Saturday, July 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
France trailed early in the first quarter 13-3, but that was the only adversity the fifth-ranked team in the world faced in its most impressive win of the tournament.
Even with Batum, Tony Parker, and Boris Diaw combining to score only 9 points, France still won easily thanks to the 17 points of Thomas Huertel and 13 of Nando de Colo. Joffrey Lauvergne and Antoine Diot also played well with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Big man Omer Asik led Turkey with 19 points and 5 boards.
France will take on Canada on Sunday in the OQT Final with a ticket to the Rio Olympics on the line. – Rappler.com
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