Parker, France blow out Croatia in exhibition play

One day after defeating Germany, the French National team resumed exhibition play on Saturday with a brutal 92-60 thrashing of Croatia in Strasbourg, France.

From the get-go, France took control and didn't look back throughout the match as five players finished with 10 or more points. Johan Petro led Les Bleus with 15 points, while all three San Antonio Spurs players – Tony Parker (13 points), Boris Diaw (11 points), and Nando De Colo (10 points) – contributed to France's scoring. Mikael Gelabale also added 10 points in the match.

Parker's penetration ability opened the game up for Les Bleus in the first quarter as France put 28 points on the scoreboard. The French defense also had an impressive first half holding Croatia to 14 points in the first quarter and just 8 points in the second quarter.

Both teams couldn't find a consistent pace or rhythm in the second half, but in the end, the separation France had created in the first half was just too much of a gap for Croatia to make-up and make the game competitive. 

France will play it's final game of the weekend on Sunday against Greece. Like Italy recently did, France will have played a back-to-back-to-back sequence. France is 4-0 in exhibition play thus far as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Eurobasket tournament. 

Paul Garcia

About Paul Garcia

Paul is a San Antonio Spurs credentialed media member for Project Spurs. He covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX and the 2013 NBA Finals.

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