2020 Olympics/NED@KOR/Capsule

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Netherlands and South Korea took the court to play for the 3rd seed in the group, and the opportunity to take on Great Britain in the quarter-finals. The Asian started off to a blistering pace, FBA stars Derek Kim (Kkachi, G) and Lee Jin-Sung (Black Bear, F) lighting up the action with crisp passes and great shooting from inside the arc. The usually solid Dutch defense was not at their peak, with the notable exception of stallion center Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F) - the equine making up for Debbie Michaels' (Mouse, G) and Jacobus van Oirschot's (Dutch Hare, F) off day as he terrorized the Korean players on either side of the court. At the end of the game, he'd racked up 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists - stopping just short of a triple-double in one of his career's best showings - something that will get a few FBA franchises looking his way as the 6-year veteran tackles free agency this summer.

Nevertheless, Korea managed to hold on their small lead and build from there, pulling away late in the fourth quarter to end up winning the game by a 12-point deficit. The Asians will get to fight the reigning silver medalists of Great Britain in the next round, while the Netherlands will try to win a spot in the semifinals by taking on Canada. Both teams don't seem to share the insiders' favors, but given their showing so far it'd be ill-judged to count them out this soon.

-A. Villaraigosa, FurryOlympics.com

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