Parker scores 12 in final tuneup against Belgium


The Tony Parker-led French national team had a blowout victory in their final tune-up game in Lievin.

Les Bleus dominated early with a 28-6 run in the first quarter. That first quarter set the tone for the entire game with France holding off a few runs from Belgium and ending the tournament with a 74-44 victory.

The San Antonio Spurs guard was the second-leading scorer for France, finishing with 12 points.

Look for France to make an impact at Eurobasket starting Wednesday. They’ve only lost one game against Spain, were perfect at the London Invitational Tournament and had big wins in Lievin.

Parker also looks to be in great shape and France’s defense has improved along the way.

France should have the services of Mickael Gelabale, who suffered an injury in the first quarter against Belgium when France begins Eurobasket play against Davis Bertans and Latvia on Wednesday.

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