Fournier Shines as France Falls to Serbia; Evan to Make World Cup Roster
The French men’s national basketball team concluded their 3-day exhibition tourney in Pau, France with a 69-79 loss to Serbia on Sunday. Orlando Magic wing Evan Fournier finished with 11 points and 2 rebounds on 4-for-6 shooting (2-of-3 on three-pointers) in sixteen minutes of action. Milwaukee Buck Miroslav Raduljica paced Serbia with 14 points.
Fournier saw only a few minutes in the first half, as France trailed 39-41 at the break. Coach Vincent Collet started Evan in the 3rd quarter and leaned heavily on the 21-year-old to try and spark a comeback. Despite a few sweet triples and athletic takes to the rim from Evan, the French team as a whole couldn’t get enough stops. Evan is clearly at his best when he has the ball in his hands. His talent and athleticism is wasted whenever he’s asked to just camp out in a 3-point corner.
The more important news comes from this tweet following the contest:
INFO : Fournier au Mondial. Collet devrait choisir ce soir entre Kahudi et Jackson. Et Tillie sera le 13ème joueur en attendant B.Diaw.
— David Cozette (@DavidCozette) August 10, 2014
David Cozette works for Canal+, a French television station that is very tight with the French Basketball Federation. The tweet basically translates as ‘Fournier to World Cup’. Coach Collet is making some roster cuts and the 21-year-old will be remaining on the roster as Edwin Jackson may be on the way off the team. Before FIBA World Cup action begins on August 30th, the French team will need to be finalized down to 12 players. Evan’s displayed his versatility nicely. Fournier was the final player to be cut last summer as he missed out on being with the French team that won EuroBasket last September in Slovenia.
France will have some days off to prepare for another exhibition tournament that will occur August 15th through the 17th and will take place in Antibes, France which is a short drive from Cannes. Their opponents will be Australia, Ukraine, and the Philippines.