France defeat Lithuania to take bronze in Basketball World Cup

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Joffrey Lauvergne , Jonas Valanciunas

Madrid: France claimed the bronze medal in the FIBA Basketball World Cup Saturday after beating Lithuania 95-93 in the third and fourth place play-off.

The French produced a powerful final quarter and then held their nerve in a tense last two minutes as both sides interchanged fouls in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage, Xinhua reported.

Batum, who was outstanding for France in their semi-final defeat to Serbia, was again his side’s star player, netting 27 points and proving to be effective from outside of the zone to give his side a deserved consolation for a fine performance in the knockout stages of the competition in which they produced the World Cup’s biggest shock by defeating hosts, Spain in the last 8.

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