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NOVI SAD (FIBA U19 World Championship) - Edwin Jackson put in another stellar performance as France began the eighth-finals with a devastating 106-57 win against beleaguered China in Group E.
The Adecco ASVEL guard excelled in the first group stage, pouring in team-high hauls against both Lithuania (25 points) and Brazil (24 points), and was at it again against the Chinese.
He was four from six (66.6%) from outside the arc and drained five from seven (71.4%) from two-point range to finish with 23 points.
Jackson was ably assisted by Abdoulaye Mbaye (15 points) and captain Nicolas Batum (13 points, five rebounds and eight assists) as France maintained their unbeaten streak in Novi Sad to underline their status as serious title
contenders. They remain joint top of the group.
China, who were rattled from midway through the second quarter, had 15 points from Zhichao Ba but stay joint bottom after just one win in four games.
Les Bleuets' 18-0 run in the space of just over five minutes at the end of the first quarter and start of the second quarter blew the game apart.
That took the score to 39-14 and by the end of the half, they had a 52-28 lead.
A Jackson lay-up with 46 seconds left in the third quarter put him up to 18 points and gave the French a 35-point cushion (78-43), their biggest advantage thus far.
Things then got worse for China, with five France players eventually getting into double figures.
France play Serbia on Tuesday as they attempt to make it five from five.