The Blues take on Canada in the TQO and can believe in the Olympics

The Blues take on Canada in the TQO and can believe in the Olympics
The Blues take on Canada in the TQO and can believe in the Olympics

The 3×3 Blues have not yet said goodbye to their Olympic dream. Against Canada, in the final match of the first round, the French showed a different face than against Spain (20-18 defeat) with an exceptional skill at 2 points (8/13) and a victory which ensures them the second place in the TQO group (21-11). Carried by a Raphaël Wilson of the great days (10 points, 4/6 from afar), the Blues no longer had the right to make mistakes.

But they did not give in to the pressure and thanks to a strong start – a series of seven points to lead 13-4 – they quickly pulled away to secure a victory. Without rushing, the French managed their lead with a good performance from Timothé Vergiat (7 points) and Jules Rambaut (4 points and 2 offensive rebounds). Raphaël Wilson ended the game by getting a foul before converting his second free throw. Too clumsy (1/11 to 2 points), Canada is eliminated from the competition.

The Blues will meet Germany in the quarter-finals on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. for a place in the semi-finals. Defeat will, again, be prohibited against the Germans, because this tournament only offers three tickets for the Olympics.

If they qualify in the last four, the Blues will have a 75% chance of reaching Place de la Concorde this summer for the Olympics (3 places out of 4). The quarter-final will be watched live on the L’Équipe channel.

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