|Julie Allemand was once more proficient for Belgium, scoring 22 points in victory|
Belgium rode out winners in the battle of the Benelux nations at the U18 European Championship Women as Julie Allemand propelled her team to a 63-55 success against Netherlands to secure fifth place in Matosinhos.
Turning Point: Down by 13 points early in the second-half, Netherlands set up an exciting conclusion by storming back and levelling matters at 53 through the excellent shooting of Esther Fokke. But, it was a three-pointer by Aline Verelst with 90 seconds remaining, which pushed the momentum back in Belgium's direction.
Game Heroes: Allemand recorded a game high 22 points and shot 70% while Kyara Linskens claimed 14 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile Fokke may have finished on the losing team but again showed a nice shooting touch with her 21 points being accumulated at a wonderful 72.7%.
Stats Don't Lie: Netherlands only made 12 of their 21 foul shots which didn't help matters.
The Bottom Line: Netherlands can be hugely satisfied with sixth and making the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women without the services of the exceptional Laura Cornelius. It was a good job by head coach Remy De Wit and with Fokke shooting the ball well along with the great play of Janis Ndiba and other supporting contributions, they go home happy. Belgium can be even more satisfied and this was a great tournament for them and they met expectations by finishing fifth, led by Allemand in the backcourt and the muscle of Linskens down low.