|21-year-old Myrthe Beld scored the winning basket for the Netherlands with four seconds left on the clock|
The Netherlands scraped a 52-51 win over Ukraine in Sopron, Hungary, on Tuesday evening to claim their second win in three games in the Additional Qualifying Tournament for the EuroBasket Women.
Both sides' EuroBasket hopes died earlier in the day when Hungary beat Bulgaria to clinch first place in Group A.
Games are still important, though, as both Ukraine and the Netherlands try to develop a winning habit.
Ukraine had every chance to prevail in this encounter, with veteran center Olena Zherzherunova twice giving her team the lead late in the contest.
After she went up for a lay-up to make it 49-48 with 3:20 to play, opposing pivot Naomi Halman replied to put the Dutch back in front.
Zherzherunova scored again with 1:45 to go for a 51-50 lead, but 21-year-old point guard Myrthe Beld had the last laugh.
She managed to get the ball in the paint and scored for the 52-51 Dutch victory.
Zherzherunova finished with a game-high 14 points while Tanya Bröring and Marlou de Kleijn poured in 10 points apiece for the Netherlands.
Ukraine Head Coach Irina Shchypakina:
"We had a very bad offense today. At the last part of the game we couldn't score three pointers. Netherlands was mentally better than our team. Our defence was not bad, but it was not enough."
Ukraine player Kateryna Dorogobuzova:
"We had a very bad game today, it wasn't successful. We missed a lot of shots and it was the biggest reason of our loss."
Netherlands Head Coach Meindert Van Veen:
"For me it was a big surprise that we could win this game. As a team, we played better than Ukraine. We missed our captain because of a shoulder-injury. We have an important game tomorrow; we will play for the second place. For me the most important thing is that the team works hard and it is enough."
Netherlands player Tanya Bröring:
"We got a lot of energy from beating Finland. Today we kept attacking them and we had a very good defence. We could play as a team. We worked and we are working for each other. In offense, everybody could score and in defence we looked like an orange wall."