Belgium cats waltz in save mode over modest South Korea at second World Cup | World Cup Basketball

A day after a logical defeat against the USA, the Belgian Cats have won their second World Cup match through force majeure. The Belgian women were bigger than South Korea on Friday.

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Belgian cats are on a winning streak

A loss against the US was premeditated, but so was a win against South Korea. The Belgian cats did what they had to do against a very mediocre opponent who was outplayed in all areas by the Belgian girls.

South Korea’s start looked promising with a few more three-pointers, but Belgium quickly took control. Julie Allemond ran the game on her best days, Emma Meisman could make her mark even more and Julie Vanloo completed the duty with a strong 1st quarter.

South Korea sought refuge in three consecutive points and nowhere under the plates. Belgium controlled the rebound and did not weaken when substitutions were made. For example, there was already a 20-point gap on the board at halftime: 50-30.

In the 3rd quarter, Hind Ben Abdelkhader, a strong substitute, got rid of his demons with 3 three-pointers in a row. The game was long decided.

The wide lead allowed Nationals coach Temory to rotate, but with the replacements the margin went toward 30 points midway through the 4th quarter. In the end, South Korea was able to soften a bit. The final score was 84-61.

Thanks to the win, Belgium are on course for the quarter-finals and nobody has to play more than 26 minutes. That rest is important considering what’s to come, as the Cats must return to work on Saturday. Puerto Rico will face off at 12.30pm Belgium time.

Belgium: Ben Abdelkader 17, Vanloo 14, Allemand 13, Delray 10, Meesman 9, Becky Massey 6, Billy Massey 5, Linskens 4, Lisova 4, Ramet 2, Joris 0, Resimont 0

Julie Vanloo: “The focus is now on Puerto Rico”

Win and split as many minutes as possible: that was the aim of the Belgian Cats against South Korea, confirmed by the national coach after the game.

“The plan was to win this match relatively easily. And I didn’t want important players to play more than 25 minutes. And it worked,” said Valeri Demori after the game.

“South Korea is a special team, they play outside a lot and have smaller players. But my team hit well,” it sounded satisfied.

Julie Vanloo was also delighted with the smooth victory. “We feel good. We knew the win against the USA yesterday was going to be difficult. But we showed that we can handle their level,” Vanloo said.

“We definitely want to advance to the next round, that’s our goal. Now we’re focused on tomorrow’s game against Puerto Rico. That game is very important.”

The Belgian Cats at the Basketball World Cup

Program Committee A
22/09 America Belgium 87-72
23/09 Belgium South Korea 84-61
24/09 Puerto Rico Belgium 12.30 pm
26/09 Belgium Bosnia 3.30 am
27/09 China Belgium 5.30 am
Standing in group a
I am W V +/- ptn
1. China 2 2 +110 4
2. America 2 2 +79 4
3. Belgium 2 1 1 +8 3
4. Puerto Rico 2 1 1 -40 3
5. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 -71 2
6. South Korea 2 2 -86 2

The top 4 finishers advance to the quarter finals.

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