|Loyce Bettonvil led all scorers with 20 points on 64 percent shooting from the floor |
The Netherlands took the victory in their first game at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women against the Czech Republic, but it was not until late in the game they were sure of their success.
Loyce Bettonvil scored nine of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, including two huge three-point shots to make sure that the Dutch team will get this win.
The last of her two three-pointers gave the Netherlands a 72-67 lead that proved to be enough to seal the game.
The Czechs then made two big mistakes in a row.
First Monika Satoranska risked a tough three-point shot from the corner which didn't drop in.
Then Radka Brhelova made a bad pass for Bettonvil to steal and score an easy basket on the fast-break, for 74-67.
At only 16 years of age, Kourtney Treffers was one of the best players from the winning team.
She scored 13 points and added seven rebounds in only 16 minutes spent on the court with a staggering 83.3 field goal percentage.
With 47 rebounds and 50 percent from the floor, the Netherlands compensated for their 31 turnovers.
Satoranska carried the Czech team with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists and Tereza Vyoralova was both the angel and the demon for her team, scoring 15 points, but committing in the same time seven turnovers.
Neither of the teams managed to get in front by more than nine points during the first three quarters.
The Czech Republic was in front all the way to the second quarter but then the Netherlands took the lead and both teams entered the decisive period with the same points on the scoreboard, 60 each.