Thursday, September 11, 2014
France upset host Spain in 2014 FIBA World Cup Quarterfinals - Game Highlights (VIDEO)
France and Serbia created a couple of seismic shocks in the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Wednesday by knocking Brazil and tournament hosts Spain out of the tournament.
Both the French and Serbians avenged defeats in Group A to set up a Semi-Finals against each other.The thumped Spain, 65-52, while in the day's first game, Serbia routed Brazil, 84-56.
Serbia tore apart Brazil in the third quarter, outscoring them 29-12 to blow the game wide open and roll to a convincing victory.
Milos Teodosic poured in 23 points for the winners. The performance that stunned the host country was turned in by France.Vincent Collet’s team prevailed after out-rebounding the Spaniards, 50-28.
Two of Les Bleus' rising stars, Rudy Gobert and Joffrey Lauvergne, dominated the boards.Utah Jazz big man Gobert had 13 rebounds to go with his five points and Lauvergne had 10 to go with his four.
Thomas Heurtel, who plays his club basketball in Spain with Laboral Kuxta, had 13 points and four assists for the winners.
Spain, who went up against a determined French defense all night, endured an almighty struggle with their shooting.
They were two of 22 from behind the arc and 20 of 62 on the evening.
France defeated Spain last year in the EuroBasket 2013 Semi-Final on the way to the title and now they have surprised them on their home court in Madrid.
Boris Diaw, an NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs last season, led the French with 15 points and five rebounds.
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