USA resist France’s valiant effort to win 2021 crown – FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup 2021 – .

USA resist France’s valiant effort to win 2021 crown – FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup 2021 – .

RIGA / DAUGAVPILS (Latvia) – The USA needed all of their star talent and it was still barely enough to win the 2021 FIBA ​​U19 World Cup – despite a valiant effort from France for an 83 victory -81 to repeat as champion.

After a close battle throughout the game, the United States used an 11-0 streak in the fourth quarter to gain control and clinch their eighth U19 World Cup crown in 15 editions. By reaching the final, France had already obtained their best result in their history in this competition after taking third place in 2007 and 2019.

Chet Holmgren of the United States was named MVP TISSOT and led the All-Star Five. He was joined by his American teammate Kenneth Lofton, Frenchman Victor Wembanyama, Canadian Zach Edey and Serbian Nikola Jovic.

Turning point: France were leading 68-64 early in the fourth quarter when Chet Holmgren took over, pulling two fouls on French star center Victor Wembanyama to send him to the bench while scoring five straight points to start an 11-0 streak. for a 75-68 lead.

Heroes of the game: When France led in the fourth quarter, the United States needed their talisman, Chet Holmgren, to take over. The great Minnesotan has definitely delivered. And while France managed to reduce the deficit to two points with 28 seconds left, Kenneth Lofton and Kennedy Chandler both recovered offensive rebounds for the Americans in the dying seconds to seal the victory.

Statistics don’t lie: The Americans used their physical strength to dominate the 43-29 gang, including grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. They also held the French to just 42.9% shots.

They said: ” It’s awesome. I don’t think I can say I felt anything as great as this. I am really happy for our entire team, the coaching staff and everyone who has been through all the things that we have been through in the last couple of weeks. “

(About the final): “Credit to France. They didn’t let us do what we wanted to do. They stood up under us and really put the pressure on us and didn’t let us do what we were trying to do for most of the game. But we adjusted well towards the end and luckily we were able to win. “

(About Victor Wembanyama from France): “I don’t really give too many people credit, but I give this guy credit here. I thought I was tall, thought I had long arms, but he takes it to a whole new level. He moves very well. He has a chance. He also has skills. He will become a rich man someday. I know he will continue to work. I hope I can see him in the NBA and continue playing against him for a long time. “- US striker Chet Holmgren

“It’s exciting but it’s also exhausting. You’ve been together for 25 days. A lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifice on the part of all our players and coaches. You begin to realize that it is a chore. But we had enough left in the home stretch. I’m proud of the guy and the way they did it. We knew it would be a battle. “

(About the final): “We struggled offensively with their pressure. They were more physical than us. I was amazed at the way we were pushed and their physique and the protection of the ball screens. We made a few adjustments and tucked the ball in a bit more as the game went on. We had some good players and we stayed together. We weren’t offensive, but France played a big part in that. Our defense was successful. “

(About Chet Holmgren): “His leadership has been tremendous throughout. He was a great teammate, he has a good understanding of the game. He’s a really special kid. He is selfless. He likes to pass and he plays in defense. And he plays loud all the time. He trains hard and he plays hard. It is good for many reasons. “

(About Frenchman Victor Wembanyama): “It was a problem and a problem. It was probably the best game I saw him play. He was wonderful. He played hard. I was surprised to see how well these teams were together, especially France. They really had a good cadre, a good team. They were selfless, played hard and played together. And they responded. ” – US head coach Jamie Dixon

“I think we gave everything we had. I respect the team and publicly I say thank you to all my teammates. They were great: playing with me and respecting my game and being friendly with me. We gave everything and they were all brave. They can get out of impossible situations. I know I could have helped out on the pitch if I hadn’t made a mistake, but my teammates had been in a lot of games like Lithuania and Serbia and they were really great. I just regret the fault. I know we would have won.

(About what he learned from the tournament): “What I learned the most from this tournament is leadership. Even though I was the youngest, I wasn’t considered the young guy by my teammates and I love it. Because they respect me and my game. And I tried to give them back what they gave me and help them to be better. ” – French striker Victor Wembanyama



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