After our two French teams played in the play-in on Thursday, they were already back on the outside grounds of Vienna for life and death matches. A defeat and the plane back to Paris is booked. Back to this decisive day for the defense of the title of world champion for women and for obtaining a ticket for the TQO for men.
THE BLUE COURSE (F)
Appointment from the beginning of the afternoon for the French against Italy, who had finished third in their group. The match started very well for the French team and Myriam Djekoundade’s teammates will keep this lead taken from the start until the end of the match. End of the match 17 to 11 for Les Bleues, towards the quarter-finals.
Then, facing the French, stands Canada, first in its group for a remake of last year’s final. The game got off to a bad start for the French, but the Canadians were quickly overtaken by the patrol with five fouls called against them in the first half of the match. Afterwards, the two teams hold each other and the winners of the Women Series Tour last year put the reigning world champions in trouble with almost a minute remaining. But Marie-Eve Paget decides otherwise with a devastating shot. Les Bleues win 14 to 13 against their worst enemies and fly to their fourth consecutive semi-final in the 3×3 World Cup.
MEP FOR THE WIN! ✨🇫🇷
— 3×3 FFBB (@3x3ffbb) June 3, 2023
THE BLUES COURSE (H)
We expected the boys at the turn today after their difficult group stage with a victory in four games and a repechage in extremis for this play-in. First play-off against Switzerland, second in their group. The match was more than tight throughout but the fouls whistled against the Swiss helped the Blues to reduce their gap little by little until they were ahead at the start of the game. In a final where you didn’t have to be heartbroken, Franck Seguela offers the victory on throws, 19 to 18, we move on.
Well, there we arrive on the heavy, the United States, with Jimmer Fredette in their ranks. Yes yes, an ex-NBAer who plays 3×3 is cheating, but a former NBA player who has trouble facing an ex-National 2 player, it shows us that this discipline is great . From the start, we know that the match will end before the ten-minute clock. The USA send from the parking lot to fly away but the Blues play with their physicality to pick up. Unlike the play-in, the final will not be in favor of the French team and the former Kings scored the 21st pawn to end the match. 21-19 for the Yanks, but congratulations gentlemen for this crazy fight. We will still remember this masterful shot from Franck Seguela today, with a big and-one on the head of the son of Rick Barry (yes, he too shoots his throws with the spoon).
— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) June 3, 2023
End of the tournament for the men but they will be in the stands with Asterix and Obelix tomorrow to support their female counterparts. See you this Sunday at 2:55 p.m. for the semi-final against Australia and at 6 p.m. for the final, we hope.