|Cedi Osman finished the game as Turkey's second-best scorer, collecting 17 points|
Turkey extended their undefeated run at the U20 European Championship to six games with a hard-earned 79-66 victory over gutsy Israel in Group F action on Thursday to punch the first ticket to the quarter-finals.
Turning Point: A put-back dunk by Itay Segev brought Israel within just one point, 64-63, with 4:05 left on the clock but Cedi Osman replied swiftly with a killer three-pointer on the other end of the floor. Israel turned the ball over and Tayfun Erülkü followed his team-mate's example and sunk another three, in transition. Erülkü followed up with two back-to-back lay-ups and Turkey's lead ballooned to 74-63 with just 2:22 remaining to play.
Game Hero: Erülkü did his best to help Turkey gain some mobility against the relentless Israeli 2-3 zone defence and although his shot selection was not always ideal, he collected a game-high 22 points and rounded-up his performance with seven rebounds and five assists.
Stats Don't Lie: Despite their size disadvantage, Israel held their own in the paint and did not even lose the battle on the glass until late in the game. They did however commit 21 fouls and Turkey's accuracy from the free-throw line, 19-of-23, was crucial. Even when Turkey could not adjust against the zone they could always rely on their transition game and scored 29 of their points in the open floor.
The Bottom Line: France have also secured their quarter-final status following Tuesday's result and Turkey will cross swords with them for first place in Group F. A deciding clash against Italy awaits Israel on Wednesday, with both sides tied at 1-3.