In conclusion of 2nd round at Eurobasket, France falls to Serbia


After scoring over 100 points on Friday in a win over Latvia, the French National team couldn't put together the same scoring performance Sunday against Serbia, as Les Bleus fell 77-65 to conclude the second round in Group E of the 2013 Eurobasket Championship in Slovenia.

Though France already clinched a birth in the Quarter-Finals, Sunday they could never break through the Serbian defense as the most points France scored in a quarter was 20 and they were held twice to 14-point quarters. In his 28 minutes, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker  could never find a consistent rhythm as he went 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points and five assists. Boris Diaw chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds in 30 minutes, while Nando De Colo supplied 12 points off of the bench in his 23 minutes of play.

In eight games at Eurobasket, Parker is averaging 17.3 points and 3.9 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. Diaw is averaging 10.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. De Colo is coming off the bench averaging 8.8 points in 20.3 minutes.

France will begin the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday as their opponent will be the team that finishes second in Group F. Marco Belinelli and Italy will conclude their participation in the second round on Monday against Spain.