The Cats kill their opponents (112-41): "I'm really happy with what we produced for basketball tonight"

On the Sportoase floor in Louvain, Belgium atomized North Macedonia (80th nation in the world) as part of the qualification for Euro 2023. The score is final: 112-41. It was already 16-0 after four minutes and 57-16 at halftime.

But beyond the figures, it is the way that is to be underlined. The Belgian players imposed great defensive pressure from the start of the match and never lowered their intensity. “I am really very happy with the attitude of the players, underlined the French strategist. And I would like to congratulate them for their seriousness until the end, especially on the defensive level.”

Very aggressive (in the good sense of the word) and volunteers, the Cats did not let their opponent breathe a single second. “The pace never let up and the five girls who were on the pitch bought into what I wanted to put in place.” The Belgian Cats had fun, the public too. “The style and philosophy of play that we want to put in place is that with a very high defense and a fast game.” A meeting which also allowed Rachid Méziane to multiply rotations, offering his first minutes to the newcomer to the selection, Nastja Claessens who seized his chance (11 points). “I am very happy to have been able to play and to conclude this match with a victory, confided the interested party at the end of the match.

The coach had asked us not to overestimate the opponent. We played well offensively and I think we can be really happy with this match.” With Germany’s victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina (97-58) in the other Group A match, the Belgium take the lead and could take a big step towards qualification if they win against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, even if the meeting against Germany in February will be crucial for the top of the group. first focus on Sunday’s game against Bosnia”, concluded the coach.

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