Belgium Beat Turkey To Take 7th

10 August 2014
6. Ine Vanderhoydonks (Belgium)
Ine Vanderhoydonks helped Belgium to beat Turkey

Belgium withstood a late onslaught as Turkey nearly overhauled a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit, eventually losing 72-67 in U16 European Championship Women classification action.

Turning Point: Before the late drama, the 15-2 first-quarter burst from the Belgian team had held them in good stead for the majority of the contest. The lead swelled to 19 by half-time, and Marie Cole's jumper extended it to 21 at the start of the fourth quarter. But a desperate offensive slump saw Turkey reel off an 18-1 run to put nerves on edge before Cole connected again. Elif Portakal took a steal home to reduce the deficit to four with 40 seconds remaining, but Turkey couldn't make it all the way back as their last efforts fell short.

Game Heroes: Laura Henket led four Belgian players in double figures with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Elise Ramette added 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Cole and Ine Vanderhoydonks finished with 11 points apiece. Portakal had a team-high 15 points for Turkey, and Selale Kepenc added 14.

Stats Don't Lie: Belgium held crucial edges in shooting and rebounding. Turkey had only eight assists on 25 made field goals as they struggled to generate easy offence until the final period.

The Bottom Line: Both teams achieved their target of reaching the quarter-finals, improving on their finishes in the 2013 tournament.


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