|Kamila Hoskova provided the offensive power for Czech Republic's opening day win|
Czech Republic produced a balanced offensive display, scoring inside and out, to hold off the challenge of Belgium and record a 71-64 success in their U20 European Championship Women opener in Udine on Thursday.
Turning Point: Belgium were beginning to build momentum in the final period until Tereza Vyoralová found the bottom of the net from three-point range to take Czech Republic's lead back up to 11 points (67-56) with 4:29 to play. The relief and impact was obvious as the Czech bench erupted while Belgium responded with a time-out.
Game Hero: Kamila Hoskova drove her team on, dictating the tempo throughout, as well as coming up with important baskets just when her team needed them. She finished with a game-high 22 points off 89% shooting - but much of her influence on the game will not appear on a stat sheet.
Stats Don't Lie: While it was a three-point shot that eventually saw off Belgium's brave challenge it is fair to say Czech Republic's accuracy closer to the rim provided the foundation for the success. The Czechs hit 60% of their two-point field goals compared to Belgium's 43%.
The Bottom Line: Belgium now face an uphill task to emerge from this toughest of groups, but they will not be too despondent with the way they performed and the intensity displayed. Czech Republic meanwhile go onwards and, on this evidence, potentially upwards.