After beating host Great Britain yesterday, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Team France had a tougher time dispatching Team Australia in the second day of the London International Basketball Invitational.
Nicolas Batum added 16 points, Boris Diaw had 10, and Spurs draftee Nando De Colo added two points and two rebounds for the French national team.
Patty Mills led the Boomers with 20 points, while Brad Newley added 11.
It was a close contest from the start, France led 15-11 after the first quarter and held a 37-32 lead at half time.
The French national team tried to pull away in the third period building a 13-point lead.
However, the Boomers rallied again, behind Mills and Newley and entered the fourth quarter trailing France by only seven points 49-56.
Late in the game, the Boomers trailed by only one point with 11 seconds left on the clock.
But with the game on the line, Australia was simply unable to get a good look at the basket. Parker sealed the victory for France from the free throw line.
Despite the loss, Spurs assistant coach and Boomers head coach Brett Brown was delighted with his team’s effort.
“It was a fantastic effort particularly defensively,” said Brown.
“To hold that team, with the talent that they have to 71 points was a great effort by our guys.”
France will play against China tomorrow.