The Blues dominate the Netherlands

The Blues did not miss their first test. After ten days of training at INSEP and Nanterre, Vincent Collet’s players returned to the Kindarena in Rouen for the first of four friendly matches scheduled as part of the preparation for the 2022 European Championship. hostilities, the tricolor staff decided to line up a starting five that can be considered typical with Thomas Heurtel, Evan Fournier, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Guerschon Yabusele and Rudy Gobert. It is precisely the pivot of the Minnesota Timberwolves (12 points, 9 rebounds) who unlocked the tricolor counter after the opening of the Dutch score signed Yannick Franke (21 points). The good will of the Batavians did not last very long because a 6-0 concluded by Thomas Heurtel (5 points). However, the gap between the two formations played a yo-yo at the end of the first quarter.

The Blues had a battle time

Two free throws from Vincent Poirier (11 points, 8 rebounds) finally gave the Blues a five-point lead. From the start of the second quarter, Théo Maledon (9 points) set the tone and, very quickly, the French team saw its lead exceed ten units. Nevertheless, the Dutch never gave up until half-time, returning to six points thanks to two free throws by Jito Kok (6 points) and a final basket scored by Keye van der Vuurst de Vries (10 points, 5 pass). Despite the returns on the floor of Evan Fournier, Gueschon Yabusele and Thomas Heurtel, the start of the third quarter was not ideal for the Blues, perhaps still with their heads in the locker room. While Rudy Gobert missed the circle, Mohamed Kherrazi (6 points, 7 rebounds) chained two baskets in a row to bring the Netherlands to two points. However, Maurizio Buscaglia’s players did not go the distance.

The Dutch finally gave in

Indeed, during the last five minutes of the third quarter, the total points scored by the Dutch reached… zero points! It was the captain of the Blues Evan Fournier (15 points) who sounded the charge. An 18-0 then allowed the French team to fly away on the scoreboard with a margin of 20 lengths ten minutes from the end of the meeting. Vincent Collet then decided to give playing time to his whole group, with in particular Elie Okobo (8 points), Mouhammadou Jaiteh (6 points) or even Isaia Cordinier (6 points) who were able to finish the meeting. Faced with an outdated but valiant selection from the Netherlands, the Blues won by 24 lengths (89-65) on a final award-winning shot from William Howard (3 points). The Habs will now breathe a few days before meeting to rally Bologna for their second preparation match against Italy.

Sunday August 7, 2022 (in Rouen)
France – Netherlands: 89-65

Friday August 12, 2022 (in Bologna)
8:30 p.m.: Italy – France

Tuesday August 16, 2022 (in Montpellier)
8:30 p.m.: France – Italy

Thursday August 18, 2022 (in Montpellier)
8:30 p.m.: France-Belgium

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