Czech Republic98-62

27-20, 18-16, 31-15, 22-11

Belgium

 

Date: 26.09.2003, 17:15hVenue:   Patras (GRE) Spectators: 300
Referees:  Dimitar Gologanov (BUL), Zoran Sutulovic (MNE)
TEAM LEADERS
Czech Republic Belgium
Hana Horakova (25)PtsAnn Wauters (23)
Lucie Blahuskova (8), Jana Veselá (8)RebAnn Wauters (7), Laurence Van Malderen (7)
Romana Hamzova (7)ASAnke De Mondt (5)
Hana Horakova (5)STNele Deyaert (3)
Ivana Vecerová (1)BSNathalie De Roeck (2)

GAME REPORT

26.09.2003
Czech Republic 98 Belgium 62

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Lucie Blahuskova scored 22 points in the Quarter-Final against Belgium
The Czech Republic make their shots from all over the court - three pointers, fastbreak layups, free throws.

But what makes this team maybe the finest in Europe, judging from their 98-62 quarter-final thrashing of Belgium, is their commitment on the court every second of every game.

No side is playing as hard as the Czechs, who have been tormenting opponents at the European Championships with their boundless energy on both offence and defence.

They marched through Group A unbeaten and are now just one victory away from a medal and a place in next year´s Olympics. They take on Poland next, with the winner advancing to the final.

Jan Bobrovsky´s troops harassed the Belgians into 31 turnovers. The Czech defence contested virtually every shot their opponents took.

"It is how we play with our clubs and this is how we have been playing this summer," Czech reserve Zuzana Klimesova told PA International after their victory.

"Our coach demands it. He has a group of players who want to win."

No player wanted it more than captain Hana Machova, who turned in one of the finest performances of these championships.

The Belgians made a late run at the end of the first half, capped by a Nene Deyaert three-pointer, to cut the Czechs´s advantage to nine at 45-36.

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The Czech team celebrating
Sensing her side needed a lift, Machova came out after half-time and punctured Belgian hopes with a trio of shots from behind the three-point arc.

Game, set and match. After that, the Czechs refused to let the Belgians, who were playing extremely hard, back into the game.

Bobrovsky´s team went on to outscore them 31-15 in the quarter and lead 76-51.

For her part, Machova finished with 11 points in the period and totalled 25 for the game.

She was in such good form and accomplished so much - Machova led the defensive effort with five steals - that had Bobrovsky not sat her down at the end of the third and for all of the fourth, it´s hard to imagine that she would miss scoring 40.

Had she played just a little more, the Czechs would have hit the century mark with points.

"She´s our captain," Klimesova said. "She hasn´t let us down all tournament. She does the little things, what we need at the time. Today it was points."

The Czechs ended up shooting 30 of 56 (53%) from two-point range and eight of 18 (44%) from three-point range.

As a team, they came up with 18 steals.

Lucie Blahuskova added 22 points and eight rebounds for the winners.

Belgium were led by Ann Wauters´23 points and seven rebounds.

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Top performers

Czech Republic Belgium

Hana Horakova

 

Ann Wauters

25Pts23
1Reb7
3AS2
5ST0
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

Czech Republic Belgium
38/74FG M/A21/56
30/56 (53.6%) FG2P M/A15/41 (36.6%)
8/18 (44.4%) FG3P M/A6/15 (40.0%)
14/15 (93.3%) FT M/A14/18 (77.8%)
36 (12-24) Reb (O-D) 36 (13-23)
22AS12
12TO28
18ST8
1BS3
16PF16
98Pts62

PHOTO GALLERY

CZECH REPUBLIC
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Veselá, J. 212/540.02/450.00/10.00/00.0268022014
5Vecerová, I. 224/757.14/757.10/00.00/00.0426311148
6Uhrová, M. 51/250.01/1100.00/10.00/00.0000101012
7Hartigová, M. 73/475.03/475.00/00.00/00.0000120016
8Bednárová, M. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0022000000
9Horakova, H. 298/1172.74/666.74/580.05/5100.00113150025
10Hamzova, R. 323/933.32/2100.01/714.32/2100.0033713049
11Feranciková, M. 181/520.01/520.00/00.00/00.0011110012
12Borecká, I. 30/30.00/30.00/00.00/00.0101000000
13Blahuskova, L. 268/1457.18/1457.10/00.06/785.75384330122
14Gudzaraidze, Z. 225/1050.03/742.92/366.70/00.00442030312
15Vitecková, E. 123/475.02/366.71/1100.01/1100.0022010008
TOTAL38/ 7451.430/ 5653.68/ 1844.414/1593.312243622121811698
BELGIUM
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Charlier, S. 70/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0011000000
5Vercauteren, K. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000120000
6De Roose, C. 264/944.42/540.02/450.01/1100.00440220211
7Wambe, K. 293/933.33/933.30/00.00/10.0156260016
8Maclot, C. 30/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000011000
9De Mondt, A. 292/922.21/425.01/520.02/2100.0213520027
10Deyaert, N. 263/650.01/333.32/366.70/00.0134153028
11Van Malderen, L. 211/333.30/20.01/1100.00/00.0347042043
12Wauters, A. 306/1154.56/1060.00/10.011/1478.64372401223
13Boonen, D. 161/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0112020022
14Brus, C. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
15De Roeck, N. 71/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0112100212
TOTAL21/ 5637.515/ 4136.66/ 1540.014/1877.81323361228831662
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Czech Republic Belgium

Hana Horakova

 

Ann Wauters

25Pts23
1Reb7
3AS2
5ST0
0BS1
29Min30

TEAM STATS

Czech Republic Belgium
38/74FG M/A21/56
30/56 (53.6%) FG2P M/A15/41 (36.6%)
8/18 (44.4%) FG3P M/A6/15 (40.0%)
14/15 (93.3%) FT M/A14/18 (77.8%)
36 (12-24) Reb (O-D) 36 (13-23)
22AS12
12TO28
18ST8
1BS3
16PF16
98Pts62