France Defeats Doncic-led Slovenia, Advance to Olympic Finals

“I needed to make this play for my group. And I did it.

Those were amongst Nicolas Batum’s very first words after his extraordinary, game-saving block on Slovenia’s Klemen Prepelic in the last seconds of France’s semi-final match versus Slovenia in the Olympics.

Nevertheless, while Batum’s outstretched hand was the choosing consider France’s 90-89 win, what gathered more press, was completion of Luka Doncic’s extraordinary streak of global wins and the injury he sustained at the same time.

Prior to Slovenia’s match with France, the Doncic-led team was 17-0 with him on the court and though the group lost, Doncic still controlled in numerous elements of the video game; he dropped 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 18 helps — just the 3rd triple-double in Olympic males’s basketball history.

“I don’t believe we played fantastic, however we existed,” Doncic stated postgame. “We had the last opportunity, and we didn’t make it.”

While Slovenia will play Australia in a match for a bronze medal (the very first medal for either nation in basketball in their particular Olympic history), France carries on to deal with the United States in the gold medal video game.

Group U.S.A. has actually been traditionally dominant in basketball however France has had the upper hand on the U.S just recently (France has actually beaten them in both of their last 2 conferences, including their opening video game at the Tokyo Olympics).

France is now 5-0 in the Olympics and has actually just remained in the title video game two times in the past — in 1948, and after that in 2000.

Led by Batum, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier, the Frenchmen have a genuine chance at snagging gold in Tokyo.

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