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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-29

France came out triumphant in their opening match of the Basketball World Championships Saturday, with a 72-66 win over defending champions Spain.

 

AP - France made 10 of 12 free throws to seal a 72-66 victory over defending champion Spain in the opening round of the basketball world championship.
 
Guard Andrew Albicy made the final two, and scored 13 points, while Mickael Gelabale led France with 16. Juan Carlos Navarro led Spain with 17 points.
 
Spain had built a 12-point lead early in the second quarter, but France used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 25. Both teams attempted 11 three-pointers in the half: Spain hit three, France two.
 
Starting slowly in a major tournament is nothing new to Spain. It lost its first and fourth games of the 2009 Eurobasket before winning that. Along the way, it knocked off France 86-66 in the quarterfinals, handing Les Bleus their only loss of the tournament.

 

Date created : 2010-08-29

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