Czech Republic end the Olympic dream for Belgium

Czech Republic 75 Belgium 50

A first-quarter blitz by the Czech Republic was more than enough for them to take control of the game. Belgium, despite a spirited 2nd and 3rd period, lacked the experience necessary to disable their opponents and will now meet France for 7th place. The Czech Republic will meet Latvia in the match for the last ticket for the Olympic qualifier competition next year.

Jan Bobrovsky's girls were not in a charitable mood in the first period as they kept Belgium off the scoreboard for the first 2 ½ minutes as they opened (6:2) and went to punish them further for another six minutes scoring 11 unanswered points. Belgium managed to find the basket to bring some respectability to the score line (20-7) at the end of this quarter.

In the second period Belgium, more aggressive, started to play with authority. Marjorie Carpreaux was given a short run at the beginning of the quarter and although not able to make any points herself gave her coach some ideas how his players should play the game. Neither side was able to dominate the other for any period of time and the Czech Republic only managed to increase their advantage by 2 points at the break (39-24).

The 3rd period was more of the same between both sides with the highlight of a back-board trey by Michaela Uhrova (46-33). She also hit the end-of-period-buzzer-beater trey after scrambling the ball off the floor for her side to go into the final period with a comfortable advantage (58-37).

Laurent Buffard decided to allow his bench players to run the floor in the final period. Their experienced opponents maintained their advantage (64-45). If anybody had told Carpreaux that the game was over she forgot it as she chased down Michaela Uhrova and blocked her as she went for a lay-up. Michaela Uhrova went down and her coach decided that was enough for her for the day. Bench players from both teams finished the game.


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