Comeback Queens Slovenia Do It Again

30 July 2012

U18 WOMEN

12. Eva Lisec (Slovenia)
Slovenia center Eva Lisec, who leads the tournament in rebounds, had a bad shooting day but still managed to pull down 15 boards

There was a sense of déjà vu at the U18 European Championship Women as, not for the first time, Slovenia overturned a double-digit deficit to claim victory, this time inflicting a painful first loss on the Netherlands with a stunning final quarter.

The 57-51 success on Monday bore the hallmark of their late show earlier in the tournament which resulted in last year's gold medallists Belgium being resigned to the Relegation Round.

This time however it was the Netherlands who suffered at the hands of the Slovenians.

The winners showed remarkable resilience and belief once more to overturn a 12-point deficit during the final ten minutes.

When Yordi Kathmann drained a triple early in the fourth period to make it 49-37 to the previously unbeaten Dutch team, it looked pretty much all over.

Gutsy Slovenia had other ideas however.

They started making some big shots but, more importantly, they held the Netherlands to just one more basket during the entire period, outscoring their opponent 20-5 in the final frame.

The spirit of the Slovenians was typified by Eva Lisec who had a forgettable shooting night but was relentless on the glass, taking 15 precious rebounds.

This result also adds even more interest to what is now developing into a fascinating Group F, with all six teams in with a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.


 


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