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12.08.2011, 20:15h
12.08.2011, 20:15h
60-58
19 - 1213 - 157 - 1721 - 14
19 - 1213 - 157 - 1721 - 14
Venue: Oradea (ROU) |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Georgios Tanatzis (GRE), Matej Spendl (SLO), Jasmina Biscevic-Tokic (BIH)

GAME REPORT


Belgium Clinch Last Semi-Final Berth

Belgium outlasted Turkey, 60-58, in an epic quarter-final battle to secure a place in the last four of the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women in the most dramatic fashion.

The amount of pressure the two teams were under became evident immediately, as the game started amid repeated turnovers and missed shots from both sides.

Antonia Delaere of Belgium was the player who managed to calm down and find the way to the basket first, with a three-pointer followed by a lay-up on the fast break after another bad shot from Turkey, to give her team a 5-0 lead after the first two minutes of play.

Olcay Cakir made the first jump-shot for Turkey with 6:40 left in the first quarter to finally release some of the tension and let the game begin in earnest.

And what a game it turned out to be.



Belgium had seen the light with Delaere and continued to use her good choices on offense to stay ahead until the first buzzer, 19-12.

They could not build on this advantage though, as Turkey seized initiative in the second quarter thanks to some great efforts from Ayse Cora who found support from Cakir and Özge Kavurmacioglu.

On the other end of the court, they managed to contain Belgium to only 13 points and so cut the gap at halftime down to five, 32-27.

Turkey had balanced the game somewhat but had not taken the lead at any point in the first twenty minutes.

They would change that in the third quarter but, quite crucially, they did not figure out a way to contain the big Belgian weapon, center Emma Meesseman, and that proved a deciding factor down the stretch.

It was Belgium that came out of the locker room guns blazing and, just like it had happened in the first quarter, scored five consecutive points in two minutes to widen the gap to 10, 37-27.

They would only score another two until the end of the quarter though.

Cora and Cakir took matters into their hands on offense for Turkey, while a fantastic team effort on the other end denied Belgium again and again.

Turkey took their first lead with two minutes remaining in the period, 39-40, and by the time the third buzzer sounded, they were leading by five, 39-44.

It looked like the start of a dream-like comeback, but Meesseman thought otherwise.

The Belgian star took it upon herself to ensure the last semi-final spot went to her team and not Turkey, despite their heroics in the third quarter.

She scored four consecutive points with two jump-shots within seconds after the start of the fourth, then Devliegher split a couple of free throws but Belgium took the rebound and Meesseman scored again to tie the scores, 46-46, with just 1:35 played in the last period.

Turkey then wasted two consecutive possessions and a three-pointer by Adams gave back the lead to Belgium.

If Turkey were in shock, they didn't show it. Cora and Kavurmacioglu showed the rest of the team the way to recovery and a three-pointer by the latter turned the tables around once more, giving Turkey a seven-point lead, 58-51, with only 3:15 left on the clock.

Turkey was not to score again in this time though.

This second half was Meesseman's and, point after point, she brought Belgium back, 58-58, and then scored the winning basket with a turn-around shot with 12 seconds left on the clock.

She finished the game with 24 points, 15 of which in the last quarter, and added 14 rebounds.

Delaere's contribution was crucial in difficult moments for the winners. She had 15 points with excellent shooting percentages.

The loss was devastating for Turkey's Cora, who carried her team with 20 points and had support from Cakir who posted a double-double, 18 points and 19 rebounds, and for Kavurmacioglu who finished with 11 and 8 respectively.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.7%

24/62
FG
M/A

38.0%

19/50

48.8%

21/43
FG2P
M/A

37.1%

13/35

15.8%

3/19
FG3P
M/A

40.0%

6/15

69.2%

9/13
FT
M/A

60.9%

14/23

32

11/21
RT
RO/RD

39

12/27

11

AS

5

10

TO

18

9

ST

7

2

BS

0

20

PF

15

60

Pts

58

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