The Belgian cats were immediately set out to hunt. Poland got off to a good start on a sloppy start to the match.
But gradually the cats found their rhythm again. Mainly under the impulse of Becky Massey. She managed to give Belgium the lead for the first time, staying calm on the free-throw line and keeping the Cats in the match for a long time.
Offensively hard on the cats, both Vanloo and Joris lacked sharpness. Defensively, as usual in the World Cup for Cats, it was much better, so the result did not go very far.
For a moment, the cats could taste victory, but in the end Poland proved too powerful. Sosnowska, the best player in the Poles, turned out to be pretty big. Under its influence, Poland entered the final stage with the lead.
In the end, the cats were still equal, but the shot was blown because Resimont stayed in the bucket for so long. There was no time left for another attack.
Due to the first defeat of a Belgian team in the 3×3 World Cup, the Belgians finished second in Group C. As a result, they have to play an extra match tomorrow in the eighth finals against Brazil or France.
Ine Joris reacted disappointedly with Tess Elst afterwards. †It is a huge disappointment. Especially because we can use an extra moment of rest.”
“Everyone was a little on their own beforehand. The tension crept into the team again, while we had nothing to lose. We knew we had to be on the bench again tomorrow.”
“It was so intense, we gave everything and of course it’s a shame to be so close.”
“We’re going to have to get rid of him quickly, because tomorrow we hope there will be two more games. Now let it sink in for a while and then tomorrow we come back to the home crowd with full concentration.”
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