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Brave Belgium claim title in thrilling fashion
Sopron (FIBA U18 Women's European Championship 2017) - A brave Belgium survived a courageous second-half comeback from a gallant Serbia to claim a 55-53 win and their first title in six years.
Turning Point: After letting slip a 17-point half-time lead, Belgium found themselves down by a point in the final minute. However, with 35 seconds left, Belgium's Seraphine Bastin sunk two clutch free throws to restore the lead for her team. She then coolly sunk one more, moments later in the last score of the game.
Game Hero: Belgium captain Billie Massey was a deserved tournament MVP and she provided the inspiration on both ends of the floor. She finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks to lead her team to the title.
Stats Don't Lie: Belgium struggled with their shot from the field and, instead, reverted to driving to the basket and drawing fouls. Belgium shot plenty of free throws but, importantly, made the most of their opportunities converting on 21-of-25 from the line in a notable advantage over Serbia's 9-of-13.
In their words: "It is unbelievable to win and it feels amazing but it hasn't sunk in just yet. We always believed we could win even when we were challenged by Serbia. I'm so proud of all the team, especially my sister (Billie) winning the MVP," - Becky Massey
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