France beats Australia 67-59 for bronze medal at World Cup

Published 6:04 a.m. ET Sept. 15, 2019 | Updated 7:44 a.m. ET Sept. 15, 2019


BEIJING (AP) — France has another bronze medal in the World Cup to go with one it won in 2014 — a measure of its world basketball status.

Australia still has none. Not a single medal in the Olympics, and now it’s also been shut out at the World Cup.

France defeated Australia 67-59 on Sunday to take the third-place game as the World Cup wraps up a two-week run across China.

The Boomers are 0-4 in Olympic bronze-medal games, and now 0-1 in the World Cup — previously known as the world championship.

Nando De Colo scored 19 to lead France with 16 from Evan Fournier. Joe Ingles had 17 for Australia with 15 from Patty Mills. Utah Jazz center Ruby Gobert, who scored 21 against the United States in a quarterfinal victory, scored only two points — but the French prevailed anyway, and will be the only medal-winning team from 2014 to win another this year.

“It means everything,” Gobert said of the bronze. “Obviously it’s not the one we wanted. We all know that. But being able to come back — we’re the only team that was on the podium five years ago and on the podium now. So it shows our…

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