IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 49: Switzerland secure their first victory of the games

After being unsuccessful in qualifying for their quarter finals France played Switzerland in the opening game of day seven that would result in Switzerland's first victory of the games, winning in a tight contest by 67-63.

The first quarter showcased a strong French side particularly on the offensive rebounds. If Switzerland wanted to compete they would need to step up their boxing out under the basket and execute their shots as they had towards the end of the quarter when they pulled a small French lead back within three points.

The first two minutes after the break saw a quick change in momentum. Switzerland came out with much more fight in them crashing the boards along with multiple players sinking their shots to take the lead. Unfortunately for the Swiss, this would not last long as the French responded with some impressive shots outside the key and ahead of half time the teams were in a close, tense contest as France lead 26-24.

The opening of the second half saw an intense back and forth spark between the teams each fighting to overcome the tied score to which they kept returning. Whilst Switzerland began finding more room in the paint, France remained strong from the outside. The Swiss team's lead scorer Phillip Häfeli ended the third with a buzzer beating shot at the top of the key leaving them ahead 49-47 going into the final 10 minutes.

Over four minutes in Switzerland had built up a lead of as much as 12 points. The French team had lost their success on the offensive end whilst Switzerland were scoring from the outside as well as some impressive and communication on their passing into the key. However with under a minute remaining in the game the tension built once again as France battled for points under the basket and pulled Switzerland back to a four point difference. Unfortunately for the French side they were unable to turn that into a lead as Switzerland maintained their composure to win 67-63.

 

Top Scorers

 

Switzerland:

1. M. Amacher (20) 2. P. Häfeli (17) 3. M. Suter (9)

 

France:

 

1. N. Jouanserre (28) 2. F. Guyoy (8) 3. F. Tavard (6)

 

MVP: J. Binda (SUI)