Estonia Confirm They Are The Real Deal

08 June 2013

5. Viive-Kai Rebane (Estonia)
Viive-Kai Rebane contributed a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, as Estonia recorded their second victory in Group A

Estonia showed they are genuine contenders to finish top of Group A in the EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualification Round after blasting their way to a 77-54 success against a shell-shocked Netherlands, whose dreams are now over.

Having romped to a 79-53 victory against Luxembourg on the opening day, the Estonians powered their way past a Dutch side who slumped to their second defeat, off the back of their loss to Greece.

And, the Greeks could potentially now be left with a winner-takes-all showdown with Estonia to see who make it to the semi-finals.

Trailing 34-30 at the halfway point of the contest, Estonia turned the game on its head with a devastating 21-6 third quarter, which was an absolute nightmare for the Netherlands.

As Dutch head coach Meindert van Veen looked on in despair as his players imploded, his counterpart Jaanus Levkoi will have revelled in watching his team pile on the agony.

The Estonian defence smothered the Netherlands who could only score one basket in over seven minutes after re-emerging from the locker-room at the break.

That had Estonia on the front foot as they posted a 17-2 run to earn a cushion which they actually didn't need, since they continued their dominance during the final period.

Merike Anderson had 22 points and six steals for the winning side, whilst Chatilla Van Grinsven had 15 points on a day to forget for the Netherlands.


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