|21 August 2012|
|Marlou de Kleijn showed her versatility with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists |
The Netherlands ended any hopes Lithuania had of making it to the Quarter-Finals of the U20 European Championship Women after producing an eye-popping 26-8 final quarter to secure a 66-54 Second Round victory in Debrecen.
There was certainly an unwelcome touch of déjà vu for the Lithuanians who had also thrown away their previous game against Poland.
While the swing of the pendulum may have been slightly less dramatic this time, it is unlikely to feel any less disappointing.
In a real roller-coaster of a contest, each team continually exchanged leads, including either side of the half-time break when there was a real flurry of three-pointers.
Dovile Sauraziate put Lithuania 31-25 in front only for Zera Butter to reply and halve the deficit heading into third quarter.
When the game resumed, Lithuania made another score from long-range via Laura Svaryte only for Marlou de Kelijn to continue the triple-fest and initiate an eight point run for the Netherlands who moved in front.
However, by the start of the last period, it was Lithuania who held a relatively healthy 46-40 advantage but it was certainly not a sign of things to come as they inexplicably imploded.
Netherlands enjoyed a wonderful last five minutes as Lithuania lost the plot offensively, the Dutch registering a 14-3 run to seal a win which now puts them in with a great chance of reaching the Quarter-Finals.
Sharon Lammerink chose the perfect time to come up with her highest score of the tournament, finishing with 17 points for the winning team.