In their 2012 FIBA Europe U16 European Championship the Netherlands got off to a perfect start with a solid victory over Germany (64-38) with strong post play by Janis Ndiba and Emese Hof.
German head coach Alexandra Maerz said before the game that her team were a little small and that this tournament was going to be tough for them as their group was strong.
Maerz who is a very experienced youth coach never panics during the game while she calmly explains to her players what to do during time-outs. Emma Stach is the team's best player giving the Netherlands a lot of problems.
The one thing that Germany did well was to completely stop the three-point shooters from the Netherlands (0-from-11).
The Netherlands' victory was constructed on simple high-low post play that was throw the ball to the big player in the paint, who then scored or picked up the offensive rebound.
Stach kept Germany in the game until the break with her trade mark tear drop shot from the baseline (21-35).
The Netherlands had no luck from the land of many but their half-court press and clever running off the ball enabled them to pull away for good in the second half and win the game (64-38).
Emese Hof explained in our video after the game what this victory moaned to them in terms of their FIBA Europe Division A status.
Netherlands: Eveline Kallenberg 3, Beau Baars Deborah Vos 0, Fenne van der Wielen 2, Fleur Kuijt 5, Iris Zwart 2, Esther Fokke 7, Asa Kantebeen 0, Deborah Vos 4, Janis Ndiba 18, Charlotte van Kleef DNP, Emese Hof 23, Laura Steggink DNP
Germany: Marija Krstanovic 3, Alexandra Wilke DNP, Nele Aha 5, Lena Wenke 3, Paulina Körner 0, Nadjeschda Ilmberger 0, Patricia Broßmann 10, Lisa Janko 0, Emma Stach 17, Cynthia Homburger 0
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