Reaching play-offs from third place in group
Belarusian basketball squad loses to favourite France at European Basketball Championship (58:64)
Our Belarusian sportswomen, coached by Anatoly Buyalsky, were down by 16 points by the middle of the second quarter, with the score at 18:34. Nevertheless, they did not give up, managing to narrow the gap to three points by the end. Their attacks have, previously, lacked accuracy, bringing defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic (70:73) and Montenegro (72:77).
Early stage matches saw the Belarusian team beat Italy (85:76), Poland (65:49), Turkey (67:52) and Greece (82:57). Their victory over Turkey and Greece helped in summing up the results of the second group round.
Mr. Buyalsky remains positive, saying, “Although we lost three times, each was down to just one or two throws. We lacked the luck we experienced at the beginning of the tournament.