Belgians Deny Hosts Solitary Win

09 June 2013
8. Sofie Hendrickx (Belgium)
Sofie Hendrickx led Belgium with a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double

Belgium have come from behind to defeat EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualifying Round Group C hosts Finland 59-56 to finish their tournament on a positive note.

The win came on the back of a flawless third quarter defensive effort when the Belgians contained their hosts to four points, allowing them to turn an eight-point deficit at the half into a six-point lead going into the final frame.

On a Vreny Van Driel three-pointer with 4:04 to play, Belgium appeared to have the game in the bank with their lead extended to 10 points (53-43).

However, spurred on by a partisan crowd, Finland fought to the death, tying the game up at 56 on a Linda Lehtoranta jump-shot with 47 seconds remaining.

But Belgium retained their composure, with Noemie Mayombo sinking a pair of free-throws before veteran Nele Deyaert split a pair to give the guests a three-point buffer.

Another veteran, Reetta Piipari, had a chance to send the game into overtime but her three-point attempt was off-target.

Sofie Hendrickx topped Belgium's scoring as the only player to make double figures, grabbing 12 alongside 14 rebounds.

Taru Tuukkanen and Heta Korpivaara both finished with 14 for Finland.


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