Dutch Survive Lithuania Thriller

12 July 2013
Loyce Bettonvil (Netherlands)
Loyce Bettonvil strung together seven key points at a crucial time for the Netherlands

The Netherlands found the perfect time to snap their four-game losing streak, holding off Lithuania 58-56 in a classification games for 9th to 16th place thriller at the U20 European Championship Women.

Victory assures the Netherlands of a place in Division A for next summer, while Lithuania continues the fight to remain in the top tier.

A 15-3 second-quarter run helped the Dutch to 34-26 halftime lead, and they never relinquished it.

Loyce Bettonvil strung together seven points midway through the third stanza to extend the margin to 50-33.

However, in the final nine minutes of the game, Lithuania put together a 17-1 run to cut the deficit to 57-56 with eight seconds to go.

Gabrielle Van Den Bosch split a pair to take it back to a two-point ball game and Lithuania then had the last possession to win or send the game to overtime, but Ieva Kazlauskaite and Ieva Preskienyte could not get the ball through the rim.

The ball-flow of the Netherlands is what made the difference for the first three quarters, with their 19 assists more often than not leading to easy points in the paint. It helped build a lead too big to overcome for Lithuania in the final 10 minutes.

Maxime Essenstam led in victory with 26 points and nine rebounds, while Richelle van der Keijl had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Kazlauskaite scored 16 in defeat.


14.07.2013 - U20 WOMEN
14.07.2013 - U20 WOMEN
14.07.2013 - U20 WOMEN

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