Fabien Causeur, Guerschon Yabusele, Vincent Poirier… Les Bleus very present in the Final Four of the Euroleague

Fabien Causeur, Guerschon Yabusele, Vincent Poirier… Les Bleus very present in the Final Four of the Euroleague

While the conference finals are well underway across the Atlantic, the Old Continent is also entitled to its Final Four (of the Euroleague) at the moment, with the final on Saturday between defending champions Efes Istanbul, who beat Olympiakos on the wire (77-74) and Real Madrid, who defeated the Barcelona rival (86-83).

Fabien Causeur ultra clutch

Under the eyes of Gregg Popovich, present in Belgrade, this fight between four giants of European basketball involved a number of former NBA players, including Nikola Mirotic (elected MVP of the season), Dante Exum, Gabriel Deck, Alex Abrines, Shane Larkin and obviously the Frenchies, Guerschon Yabusele, Vincent Poirier and Rodrigue Beaubois.

Decidedly on all fronts, Evan Fournier followed the case closely, sending a “Thank you France” on his social networks after having appreciated the respective performances of his compatriots, engaged in these very high level matches.

Author of the first 8 points for his team, including two arrows behind the arc and a big dunk on the counterattack, Guerschon Yabusele (18 points, 8 rebounds) set the tone for Real Madrid, but it was above all Fabien Causeur (18 points, 3 interceptions) which allowed the “white house” to beat the Catalan rival in a breathtaking final.

“Fabien’s heat stroke lit everything up, it was crazy. I thanked him on the bench. What he does in hot times, when you need someone to stand out, it’s amazing.” smiled Guerschon Yabusele in the columns of L’Equipe. “He seems to like Belgrade where he had already been excellent in 2018 with Real [Champion et MVP de la finale]. »

Substitute Vincent Poirier was first violently posterized by Brandon Davies but he also pulled out all the stops in the very tense end of the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. With 6 points, all on dunks in the last 8 minutes of the match, he hit the nail on the head, notably achieving a superb “move” with a fake shot and a perfectly controlled volte against Brandon Davies, precisely.

Intractable, he came back at full speed to counter Nicolas Laprovittola when he had the ball stolen by the Argentinian leader, former Spurs, one of his 3 blocks, plus 5 rebounds.

Six French for a title!

“Through this victory, French basketball shows that it continues to grow every day”, continues Guerschon Yabusele. “We will be six [Français] finally [en y incluant Thomas Heurtel, présent avec le Real Madrid mais sorti du groupe depuis six semaines] ! »

Having come back from afar (-13 in the second half) against Barcelona, ​​Real will still have a hard time dealing with the individualities of Efes Istanbul, Vasilije Micic in the lead, the Serbian leader (whose rights belong to the Thunder) who has planted the killer 3-point shot against the Olympiakos Reds.

“I’m just proud of the team. We really went for this victory with a lot of collective effort, from start to finish.”appreciated Guerschon Yabusele on the Euroleague website. “We did our job and we took this victory, it was a really intense match. A real Clasico. It was really hard but we deserved it. »

In this other semi-final, there were four French players in uniform, including Moustapha Fall (7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) who would have deserved more minutes in the second half, when Livio Jean-Charles is not at all came into play. Side Istanbul, Adrien Moerman (4 rebounds in 17 minutes) was present in the “money time” but Rodrigue Beaubois for his part was very discreet (0 point in 5 minutes).

In a Final Four, in these life-and-death matches, each player will have his role to play. When the Moerman – Beaubois duo will aim for an extremely rare double at the top of Europe, the three French musketeers of Real will want to overthrow the defending champions. A match at the top if there ever was one…

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