Casteels Over The Moon After Win Over Portugal

13 August 2009

Belgium coach Eddy Casteels knows his team had a narrow escape against Portugal in their EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round clash on Tuesday and he hopes they can capitalize on it.

"This victory is a boost for my team and makes next week's game against Bosnia (and Herzegovina) all the more interesting," he said.

Bosnia and Herzegovina followed up their victory at Portugal with a triumph over Casteels' team on Saturday.

Belgium are 1-1 and Portugal 0-2 and two narrow setbacks.

Tuesday's contest wasn't decided until the final minute, with Belgium ultimately claiming a 64-58 triumph.

"I had expected a nervous game and my prediction came true," Casteels said.

"Portugal was ninth at the last European Championship and they are a solid squad. They would have won last week's game against Bosnia (and Herzegovina) if they had made their three-point shots."

Casteels felt the adjustments that Belgium made in the second half in terms of playing personnel were the main reason why they were able to come back from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter.

"Bringing in (Christophe) Beghin, (Yannick) Driesen along with a trio of smaller backcourt players was the key in the second half," Casteels said.


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