The last game of the opening day was the so-awaited “derby” between France and Canada, considered two of the tournament’s best teams. Both squads are hoping for a medal, but after this game, it seems Canada has a real chance, while France has no chemistry.
What looked like a perfect combination of the experience of veterans like Batum, DeColo, Gobert and Fournier and of young talents that would be the future of the team is not working. Canada destroyed yesterday France being by far superior at any chapter. The huge margin of 30 points is telling a lot about the difference between these two squads. But the index rate looks even worse: Canada reached 111 units, while France only 69.
Too many turnovers for France, an extremely poor percentage from the arc, with only 6 made from 28, many more fouls than Canada and so on, made Gobert and company an easy victim of their opponents that enter the game with a bigger hunger to win. Actually, France had no chance because many of their players were completely out. Batum finished the battle with 0 points in 24 minutes, the Euroleague stars like Yabusele (4 points), Okobo (1), Outtara (2), Cordinier and Fall had 0 points, while Tarpey (one of the 5 starters at the Eurobasket last year) played now only 6 minutes and scored of course 0 points.
I feel like Canada was simply too strong for France and the only hope for the French squad is to build good chemistry against Latvia, if not they will be out of the World Cup.
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