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Basketball: The Belgian Cats narrowly lost (81:79) to Team USA

Basketball: The Belgian Cats narrowly lost (81:79) to Team USA

The Belgian Cats – the Belgian national women's basketball team – brought a sensation to the Palace of Sports. They dominated the American basketball superpower for 39 minutes until the Americans reached 81:79 shortly before the final whistle. More than 13,000 spectators supported the Belgian basketball players with full commitment.

“We turned it into a big party,” said senior player Emma Meesman, looking positively at the match. “We had fun and the crowd was great.”

“It got down to the details,” she continued. “Team USA is and will be the Olympic champion. We can learn from that, the final stages are a working point for us. We haven't always played well offensively either,” Messman said.

She said about today's match against Senegal and Sunday's match against Nigeria: “But after three days of training, I did not think that was bad on our part. Now we have to continue, even if the next matches will not be easy.” . “We have to win both games,” she explained. He added: “I call on the fans to continue supporting us at the Sports Palace in the coming days.”

The big match against the United States inspired the Cats. “We showed that we belong at the Olympics,” says Fanlo.

National coach Rachid Meziane commented: “We are disappointed, but at the same time we are proud that we were able to play such a match.” “There is a lot to be happy about. Now we have to turn our attention to the match against Senegal, which is very important for us. If we can play this kind of basketball, I am very optimistic.”