Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympics Day #3 Group A: France - Lithuania Instant Recap.

1st quarter

After the first 4 minutes of the game, France is leading Lithuania 15-6Tony Parker has been aggressive so far, he has 4 points along with his Spurs teammate Boris Diaw.  France's playing good defense, not letting Lithuania get anything easy.  France started 6-8 FG and 3-3 from the line.

End of 1st:  France 25 - Lithuania 21

Lithuania weathered the storm and ended the quarter down just 4. This has been Tony Parker's most effective game in the Olympics by far, he scored 11 points (2-3 FG, 4-4 FT)  in the opening period. Gelabale and Batum each had 5.  Lithuania ended the quarter on a 10-5 run and Martynas Pocius lead them in scoring with 7.

2nd quarter

At the 6:48 mark,  France is leading 32-31.  Martynas Pocius is still hot from the field, he's made two three pointers in the period so far.  Nicolas Batum has 5 points for France in the quarter.   Pocius and Parker are leading their teams in scoring, both have 13.

End of 2nd quarter:  Lithuania 43, France 39

France didn't get much help in the 2nd quarter, Nicolas Batum had 10, the rest of his teammates contributed for 14 points.  Parker  had just 2 points in the period.  France only bench points came from a Nando De Colo basket, while Lithuania had 27 points from their bench.    Lithuania had a very hot Pocius, who didn't missed a shot in the first half and scored 13,  Linas Kleiza chipped in with 6 and 4 other players scored 4 points each.

First half stats:
Nicolas Batum 15  points.
Tony Parker 13 points, 2 assists & 2 rebounds.
Martynas Pocius 13 points, 5-5 FG,
Linas Kleiza 6 points, 4 rebounds.

3rd quarter

After the first 6 minutes Lithuania has only scored 1 point while France has 8, Lithuania also started the quarter shooting 1-11 from the field.

With 2:18 remaining, France has outscored Lithuania 15-6.  Lithuania is 0-5 from three and can't make a shot to save their life.

End of 3rd:  France 59, Lithuania 52

France due to playing spectacular defense,  outscored Lithuania 20-9 in the period.   Boris Diaw lead France to a late 10-2 run.

4th quarter

7:38-  Lithuania is taking the ball to the hoop, but have been denied twice at the rim  by Nicolas Batum. Boris Diaw has been huge for France, Diaw dished the ball to Kevin Seraphin for an alley oop dunk and also drove to the basket for a layup.  Lithuania has shot 4-19 in the 2nd half so far.   France leads 65-54

With 5:17 to go in the quarter, France leads 70-59. Nando De Colo gave France a spark with 5 consecutive points & Boris Diaw is having something to do with almost every  France possession of the quarter, Tony Parker has been quiet.

After being down by double figures almost all of the quarter, Lithuania starting making some shots and got the lead down to 6 points, however, Tony Parker who had been quiet, scored three baskets and ended Lithuania's hope of making a comeback.  Linas Kleiza and Simas Jasaitis tried to keep Lithuania in the game, Jasaitis got some three pointers to go down, but it wasn't enough.

Final score:  France 82, Lithuania 74

Tony Parker 25 points (9-15 FG), 5 boards, 2 assists
Boris Diaw 10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds.
Nicolas Batum 21 points, 6 rebounds.

Linas Kleiza 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Martynas Pocius 15 points
Simas Jasaitis  11 points.

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