Manhandled by Germany on Friday (83-69), the French team recovered well on Monday at home at Vendespace in Mouilleron-le-Captif, taking the best of Montenegro (85-66) in its second qualifying match for Euro 2021. It was not easy for the players of Vincent Collet, still deprived in his group of elements playing in the NBA and in the Euroleague, because after a good start to the match, the Montenegrins returned to the blow before the break. And it was not until the start of the last quarter that the Blues finally escaped.
Even if Nikola Vucevic (Magic) and Boban Dubljevic (Valencia) were absent from the Montenegrin team, Bosko Radovic was still able to align six players present last summer at the World Cup in China. But the Blues were not impressed, and started the game better than their rivals, concluding the first quarter at +6 (18-12). They went on, sometimes even doing the show thanks to Guerschon Yabusele, and went up to +11 (29-18).
But the Montenegrins started to take in more shots, improving their skill, and returned to the score (36-36). And the Blues had only two points ahead at halftime (40-38), despite a much better aggressiveness than in Germany.
A 10-0 nonetheless totally revived the teammates of Amath M’Baye, the only Frenchman to have played in the 2019 World Cup. Their opponents once again picked up the score (55-52) but ended up exploding in the last period , conceding a 15-0 from which they have not recovered. If Nikola Ivanovic finished top scorer of the match with 24 points, Trois Bleus scored more than ten points: Yabusele (15 pts), Moustapha Fall (12 pts) and Yakuba Ouattara (11 pts).