Bosnia and Herzegovina's head coach Adis Beciragic bragged after the match against France about beating them by 20 while Dzanan Musa believed the squad proved its critics wrong.

Credit: FIBA
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In a spectacular double-overtime battle, Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated France in the Second Round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

Player of the Game
Jusuf  Nurkic
EFF
18
Jusuf Nurkic
Points 21
Accuracy 9-16
Rebounds 9
Assists 4

The entire Bosnian squad was ecstatic after the match, including their head coach Adis Beciragic.

"The atmosphere was incredible. We played with a lot of energy during most of the game and that's the reason for the victory," the coach began the post-game press conference. "Congratulations to the players, they did a great job after a heavy defeat in Montenegro."

"To come back against this kind of team shows that we are intelligent. I am a little worried about mistakes in the organization of the attack. It will not be like this at the EP, if we do not reduce the number of mistakes, no one will help us," Beciragic explained. "Now we are happy but we could have played much better and won by 20 so they don't even know where we came from."

Real Madrid's newcomer Dzanan Musa was once again one of the main figures on the team. He finished the match with 17 points and provided a key assist to a shot that iced the game with seconds left in the second overtime.

"Unbelievable. We didn't stop believing for a single moment. What can I say, now we finally showed that we know how to play basketball and showed that to everyone who was against us," Musa said after the game.

"The story in the locker room, we said that we will go out and leave our hearts on the court. What we wanted is to respect the head coach's ideas on the field and it worked," the forward explained.

Bosnia and Herzegovina will face a tough battle in Group B in EuroBasket 2022 with Lithuania, France, Germany, Slovenia, and Hungary in the group. Four teams advance to the next round in the tournament starting on September 1st.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
France
46%
38/83
Field goals
40%
29/73
43
Rebounds
44
15
Assists
13
14
Steals
13
65%
11/17
Free throws
81%
22/27
35%
9/26
3-pointers
31%
10/32

Best players

Jusuf  Nurkic
21 PTS
9/16 FG
2/5 FT
Evan  Fournier
24 PTS
7/19 FG
4/7 FT
Jusuf  Nurkic
9 REB
8 DREB
1 OREB
Rudy  Gobert
14 REB
11 DREB
3 OREB
Dzanan  Musa
5 As
3 TO
40 MIN
France
Few players
3 As
Jusuf  Nurkic
18 EFF
67% 2P%
25% 3P%
Guerschon  Yabusele
15 EFF
33% 2P%
50% 3P%