Basketball Nicolas Batum's teammates won a match without stake this Wednesday in Jakarta. They were already eliminated from the World Cup
On the bench at the start of the match against Lebanon, Elie Okobo made a good start, after having suffered reproaches from Vincent Collet — Yasuyoshi Shiba/AFP< /em>
It was believed this Wednesday that Lebanon was going to subject to; France the same fate as Canada (90-65) and Latvia (88-86), winners of the Blues in this World Cup. Finally, the players of Vincent Collet, already eliminated after these two disappointments, succeeded in subdue in pain at Jakarta (Indonesia) the 43rd nation in the world (85-79) which was still leading at the start of the last quarter (60-64).
The Lebanese, previously corrected by Latvia (109-70) then Canada (128-73), even scored. 10 points ahead in the second quarter (25-35). It’s at the heart of this storm, as his team sailed 8 points from his opponent, which the French coach pushed. a rant during a time out.
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“On the 20th [Wael Arakji, the Lebanese point guard], he's not going to score 40 points for us guys, cursed; Collar. I want him to be a good little player. It’s only him playing, he’s spent everyone in review at; turn of the role.” Eventually, Arakji will have planted 29 points, including 21 in the first half.
But the technician especially had harsh words against the point guard Élie Okobo, when he was addressing the coach. Sylvain Francisco, in big trouble. “Sylvain, relax okay?, he asked her. Don’t listen to Elie, he doesn’t want to play but please don’t do like him!””
“A great team anyway ;me”, according to Nicolas Batum
Finally, after having waxed the the bench for a large part of the match, Okobo, disappointing since the start of the World Cup, came out of it to sign a total of 12 points. Enough to redeem himself in Collet's eyes? To see & see; the future.
In the meantime, the Blues will have to digest a huge disappointment at this point. one year of the Paris Olympics. Captain Nicolas Batum chooses the offensive solution: “We are a great team all the same, he said. on beIN Sports. Unfortunately for some, we're not dead, we'll get back up.” With professional pivots if possible: Rudy Gobert (ankle) and Moustapha Fall (toothache), and Mathias Lessort (ankle) were all absent this Wednesday.