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The Blues were undefeated in their World Cup quarter-final against the USA

The Blues were undefeated in their World Cup quarter-final against the USA

They persisted for long minutes on the heated ground, at the foot of the Gothic-style Rathausplatz town hall. A disappointing loss as the Blue Quartet came so close to the record, knocking out the USA in the quarterfinals of the 3×3 Basketball World Cup in Vienna. But Jimmer Fredette (7 points), passing through the NBA especially with the Bulls and the Suns, extinguished the hopes of a second consecutive world medal for the Blues this Saturday after a surprise bronze in 2022, making the last free throw (21-19) before the end of regulation time, which will qualify Team USA for the semifinals. .

A promising failure

The French team lost their last four wickets against the world champions in 2019, while the women’s team, the defending world champions, booked their ticket to the top 4 in Austria. points), thanks to multiple award-winning 2-point shots by Alex Villaret and Frank Seguela (9 points each), the U.S. quickly took a commanding lead while the French were always able to claw their way back to parity.

“The fellows are disappointed, but they can be proud, they put on a pretty face”

Karim Souchu, French coach

The Blues, who crashed out of the group stages in the finals, knocked out Switzerland in the 1/8 spot in the afternoon. “It was definitely a disappointment tonight. Blues captain and 2022 world medalist Alex Villarret mentions. Are you sad? In this game, no. We lost against a better team. Defensively, we bothered them. We are on a game plan. When we were good defensively they were taking shots at the end of the possession. We may regret losing matches in the group stage (3 out of 4). , we almost took it, easy to play. It’s 3×3. »