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Old 09-24-2008, 02:02 AM   #1
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Default Nervous moments, but Parker shines through for France

Nervous moments, but Parker shines through for France
Wire Reports - FIBA Europe
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

France narrowly fended off another fourth-quarter comeback by Ukraine and won 87-83 to clinch second place in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group B.

Tony Parker had 25 points to lead Les Bleus in scoring again, but he and his teammates had to survive a few nervous moments before winning for the third time in five games.

The French will now hope to be one the top three second-place teams from the four Division A groups, and to make sure of that they will want to upset undefeated group winners Turkey next week in France.

The French led Ukraine by eight points in the fourth quarter in Kiev in their first meeting, only for Valentyn Melynchuk's team to fight back and win.
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