The French women’s 3 × 3 basketball team had their best match of the group stage by beating Russia (17-14) on Monday at the Tokyo Games, and still have little hope of qualifying directly for the semi-finals. finals of the Olympic tournament.
Victorious of Mongolia earlier with much more difficulty (22-18), the Blue, 5th in the standings, now have three wins in six matches. They are guaranteed to finish between 3rd and 6th place, synonymous with participation in the qualifying play-offs for the last four. But a victory against the Romanians on Tuesday for their last meeting of this phase, combined with defeats of Japan, China and the
Russia, all in favorable waivers compared to them, could allow them to go directly to the semi-finals.
Clever (55% success), the French also defended extremely well against the Russians pushed to awkwardness (35%) and without a solution. Three hours earlier, it had taken a shot behind the arc of Mamignan Touré, announcing finally his coming awakening, to deliver the Blue against the tenacious team of Mongolia, the weakest team in the group. Tuesday a victory against Romania is essential, whatever the reward, semi-final or play-off. It will then be necessary to win all the matches because they will be knockout.