France beats Germany for basketball consolation

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SAITAMA, Japan, Aug 31, 2006 (AFP) - Mickael Gelabale hit the winning shot in the dying seconds as France clinched a nail-biting 75-73 win over Germany in the consolation round of the World Basketball Championship here Thursday.

SAITAMA, Japan, Aug 31, 2006 (AFP) - Mickael Gelabale hit the winning shot in the dying seconds as France clinched a nail-biting 75-73 win over Germany in the consolation round of the World Basketball Championship here Thursday.

France will battle Turkey on Saturday for fifth place in the 24-nation event while Germany, third at the 2002 championship, will face Lithuania on Sunday for seventh place.

In an earlier consolation match of quarter-final losers, Turkey rallied with a 20-9 run in overtime to beat Lithuania 95-84.

Dirk Nowitzki, a power forward with the US National Basketball Association Dallas Mavericks, scored a game-high 29 points but could not stop the last-gasp French onslaught.

Joseph Gomis topped the French scoring with 17 points.

France led 17-16 in the first period and stretched the lead to 36-22, but Germany's 9-2 run reduced its deficit to 38-31 by half-time.

Nowitzki hit four shots in the third period, including a three-pointer from the perimeter, as Germany overtook the French and went into the final quarter with a 57-53 lead.

The two sides battled for the lead with Nowitzki hitting four more baskets. But Laurent Foirest's three-point shot tied the score at 73-73 with 21 seconds to go.

NBA Phoenix Suns swingman Boris Diaw stole the ball and passed it on for Gelabale for the winning jumper in the paint with 1.8 seconds to go.

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