Belgium Prevail Over Resilient Czechs

U18 Women

11. Emma Meesseman (Belgium)
Emma Meesseman posted her third consecutive double-double in the competition, this time with 17 points and 12 rebounds

Belgium had a tough fourth quarter, but managed to remain in front to beat the Czech Republic, 75-68, in Qualifying Round Group F at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women.

They say is not how you start, it's how you finish that matters. Although they had an excellent start, Belgium went through some scary moments in the final minutes of the game.

Leading by 19 points with 2:47 to go in the third quarter, the Belgium players saw their lead cut to only three points, 69-66, when Beata Adamcova scored a two-point jump shot for the Czechs.

But Belgium held the lines and, after Emma Meesseman split two free throws to make it 70-66, Antonia Delaere nailed a deep three-pointer which silenced the opponents for good.

Delaere led all scorers with 21 points while Meesseman had a stellar performance, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, six blocks and one assist.

Although they had a terrible day from the three point line and committed 28 turnovers, Belgium prevailed thanks to 47.1 percent shooting from the field and 51 rebounds, 20 of them on the offensive end.

Monika Satoranska and Radka Brhelova, with 12 points each, were the only Cezch players scoring in double-digits.

Adamcova finished with nine points and Tereza Vyoralova added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

On Tuesday, the Czech Republic will face Italy while Belgium will meet the Netherlands in the Pay-Bas clash.

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