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Group:  B | 17.07.2014, 20:45h
Group:  B | 17.07.2014, 20:45h
61-43
10 - 1417 - 613 - 1421 - 9
10 - 1417 - 613 - 1421 - 9
Venue: Matosinhos (POR) |
Spectators: 250 |
Referees: Zdravko Rutesic (MNE), Dragan Kralj (BIH), Rain Peerandi (EST)

GAME REPORT


Belgium Blunt Greece To Win Opener

6. Aline Verelst (Belgium)
Aline Verelst was the lynchpin for Belgium's opening day win

A strong defensive effort and some sharp-shooting from downtown underpinned a 61-43 victory for Belgium as they strolled past Greece in their first outing at the U18 European Championship Women in Matosinhos.

Turning Point: Greece were still in the mix early in the fourth quarter when they trailed 40-36, but a 15-2 run by Belgium ended any hopes they had of overhauling their Group B rivals.

Game Hero: Aline Verelst top-scored with 15 points off the back of a terrific four-of-five shooting performance from the perimeter and she also weighed in with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Stats Don't Lie: Greece were out-muscled on the glass and out-rebounded 43-29 which made a big difference, as did Belgium sinking a stellar 11-of-22 from three-point range.

The Bottom Line: This was a convincing victory for Belgium ahead of what could now potentially prove to be a group decider on Day 2 against Serbia. Meanwhile Greece will look to pick themselves up against Lithuania and do a better job on the boards.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.6%

22/57
FG
M/A

34.6%

18/52

31.4%

11/35
FG2P
M/A

35.9%

14/39

50.0%

11/22
FG3P
M/A

30.8%

4/13

46.2%

6/13
FT
M/A

100.0%

3/3

43

16/27
RT
RO/RD

29

5/24

18

AS

6

16

TO

16

9

ST

9

3

BS

5

11

PF

14

61

Pts

43

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