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Belgium vs. Belarus final score: Belgium loses to Belarus after a cold 4th quarter, 69-61

Belgium was outscored 16-9 in the fourth quarter leading to the loss

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Emma Meesseman didn’t have as easy of a time in Friday’s loss to Belarus.
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Belarus uses a strong fourth quarter to take down Belgium, 69-61, in Group D of FIBA Women’s EuroBasket. Alex Bentley lead Belarus to a victory with 19 points.

Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh started off hot throughout the game with 23 points and 17 points respectively. A nice play leading to Meesseman knocking down a three to end the first quarter showed good teamwork.

But a defensive wall by Belarus kept them both in a cold shooting slump for majority of the final quarter.

For Belarus, Anastasiya Verameyenka added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Belgium’s bench was very much outscored 26-9. It showed especially when Meesseman went to get rest and Belarus would go on a run to take the lead.

Rebounding was another key aspect in the game as Belarus used their strengths in attacking the glass by getting 23 second chance points behind 16 offensive rebounds.

Teams get a day off as play continues on Sunday, June 30. Belgium will play Serbia in the next group phase game at 2:30 p.m. ET. This game could play a major part whether Belgium can advance toward the quarterfinals — and a shot toward the 2020 Olympics, especially if Serbia defeats Russia in their head-to-head game at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET today.