Dutch Down Turkey In Double OT Thriller

03 August 2012

Turning Point: A gorgeous head fake and drive to the basket by Lisanne De Jonge midway through the second period of overtime handed the Netherlands the six-point gap which finally saw off their opponent.

Game Heroes: De Jonge shot the ball so well with three triples from four attempts on her way to 19 points, Kourtney Treffers claimed a double-double while Britt Zappeij was also excellent with a fantastic and efficient cameo performance.

Stats Don't Lie: Pelin Bilgic has been superb for Turkey during the tournament but she amanged to sink just 3-of-13 from long range and that was decisive.

12. Kourtney Treffers (Netherlands)
Kourtney Treffers and the Netherlands outlasted Turkey in a hard-fought battle that could only be resolved after 50 minutes

The Netherlands booked the last semi-final spot at the U18 European Championship Women after riding out 77-69 winners against heartbroken Turkey in an epic double overtime thriller.

The contrast in emotion at the end of the game couldn't have been more different after such a marathon effort from both sets of players.

As the Netherlands celebrated wildly on the final buzzer, the crestfallen Turkey players headed to the locker rooms contemplating what could, and probably should have been their victory.

For during regulation time, they had fought back from an early double-digit deficit to get their noses in front midway through the fourth quarter, when the Netherlands were experiencing a real offensive drought.

But, they couldn't see it through and Treffers finished an ‘and-one' play to tie the game up at 55-55, before Isabella Slim had the chance to make a last gasp triple but rimmed out.

During overtime the momentum seemed to be with the Netherlands but they too looked like they might have blown it, when a jump-shot by Deniz Dogan forced the second extra period.

In the end, the Netherlands always looked slightly the more assured side, and they finally made what turned out to be the game-winning run.

It was tough on Turkey, but they now have to pick themselves up off the floor and look towards fifth spot and a place at the FIBA U19 World Championship next year.

As for the Netherlands, they can now look forward to a semi-final showdown with France and the prospect of a medal.




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