Lions Lose Home Opener

In an exciting game against De Wit-Grasshoppers, ProBuild took a 59-61 home court loss.

Grasshoppers recovered well from a bad season opener against Challenge Sports Binnenland Rotterdam. The Lions started the game slow and couldn’t finish off a second half comeback. “We didn’t start off well. With the exception of Beau Baars and Mirthe Meskers, every other player played under their ability level. The second half was better but we didn’t have enough energy to finish the game,” said Coach Laki Lakner after the game.
“This team has a lot of potential. We can score more than 80 points per game against every team. Defensively we are going to get better throughout the season. We have to be concentrated enough and have enough energy to start games off well and that is something that we haven’t done the last 2 games. However, I have every confidence in this team.”

For the Lions Katie Bussey led the scoring attack with 20 points, Molly McDowell had 10 points and 8 assists and Anete Horelika had another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Natalie van den Adel had 17 and Ingrid van der Plas 11 to lead the Grasshoppers.

ProBuild found themselves down 16-24 at the end of the first quarter. Halfway through the second quarter they were able to cut the lead to 3 points, 26-29. Immediately following this the Grasshoppers put together a 2-12 run on their way to a 28-41 halftime lead.

During the break the Lions figured out a way to put a run together and in a short time had cut the Grasshopper lead to 40-43, thanks to consecutive three pointers by Nadine Boesaart. Katie Bussey found the basket to give the Lions their first lead of the second half, capping off a 18-2 Probuild run. However the quarter ended 46-47.

The fourth quarter was a back and forth battle. With one minute to go Molly McDowell gave the Lions a three point lead from the free-throw line. ProBuild was unable to get a defensive stop as Natalie van den Adel and Corine Manuputty scored on consecutive trips down the court.

After a timeout, Katie Bussey answered to give the Lions a 59-58 lead with less than 20 seconds on the clock. The Grasshoppers still had a chance and fed the ball to Marlous Nieuwveen under the basket. She was able to score, draw the foul and hit the free-throw to give the opponent a 2 point lead with 3 seconds to play. Katie Bussey had a contested shot at the buzzer that just missed resulting in the defeat for the Lions.

The Lions will look to fight back from this loss next Saturday as they take on Lekdetec in Bemmel at 7pm.