France Marches Past Angola
France 68, Angola 62
SAITAMA, Japan, August 27 (Ticker) -- France will get another shot at Greece.
The French moved into the quarterfinals of the World Championships with a 68-62 victory over pesky Angola, setting up a rematch with the country that bounced them out of Eurobasket 2005.
Aymeric Jeanneau continued to fill in for injured NBA All-Star guard Tony Parker with 16 points for France (4-2). Mickael Gelabale of the Seattle SuperSonics and Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns each added 14.
In the semifinals of Eurobasket 2005, favored France lost to Greece, which went on to win the tournament. The French have a chance at revenge Wednesday, when they face the unbeaten Greeks for the right to go to the semifinals.
France raced to a 17-6 advantage after one period and held a 55-40 lead early in the fourth quarter before Angola (3-3) got back in the game with a 9-0 run as Joaquim Gomes had a pair of baskets.
A dunk by Florent Pietrus rebuilt the lead to 60-49 before the African champions rallied again, closing to 60-57 with 39 seconds left on a free throw by Gomes. But Jeanneau made four free throws and Pietrus two to seal the win.
Carlos Almeida scored 13 points and Olimpio Cipriano and Carlos Morais added 12 each for Angola, which shot just 37 percent (24-of-65) from the field, including 6-of-18 from the arc.
"I don't think we played well at all," Gomes said. "We tried to make some adjustments in the game, but it didn't work out for us. But I'm happy. I'm really happy for me and for my teammates in general because we had a great tournament. We showed that we can compete at a high level."