Ukraine Defeats France as Fournier Has Quiet Outing
Day 2 of France’s exhibition tournament in Antibes found the French national team losing to Ukraine 63-56 on Saturday. Orlando Magic wing Evan Fournier had a relatively quiet outing off the bench. French Coach Vincent Collet decided not to utilize his best 3-point shooter down the stretch and it costed him as guys like Nicolas Batum and Mickael Gelabale clanked 3-pointers late. In 15 minutes of action, Evan only managed 3 points and 1 rebound on 1-of-3 from long distance. The French team as a whole was 6-for-21 from long distance.
France coughed up 16 turnovers and a few of those were just horrible passes sent in Evan’s direction after the 21-year-old put himself in prime position to score. Ukraine were led by their diminutive starting point guard, Pooh Jeter, who scored 23 points. It was fun seeing former NBA coach Mike Fratello getting into the leading referee’s ear and earning Ukraine some questionable calls down the stretch.
France will finish off their 3-game weekend in Antibes on Sunday as they take on Dante Exum and Australia. We’re exactly 2 weeks away from the FIBA World Cup tournament kicking off in Spain.