|Berkay Candan's double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds paved the way for Turkey|
Turkey had to dig really deep in order to shake off a persistent Sweden and claim an 80-73 win, their second in as many games in First Round Group B at the Sportland U20 European Championship in Tallinn.
Less than 24 hours after edging out Croatia 74-73 in a thrilling opening day encounter, Turkey displayed enviable mental strength and never lost focus in a clash that featured 19 lead changes and saw the scores tied on 16 occasions.
The two sides exchanged punches from tip-off with amazing symmetry, as neither team managed to lead by more than four points at any point during the first 29 minutes of the clash.
Turkey only managed to tip the balance in their favour thanks to an excellent four-minute stretch that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Berkay Candan put his team up 58-57 with a lay-up 38 seconds before the end of the third frame and Turkey kept the Swedish scoreless until there was 6:52 left on the clock in the fourth, to capture the biggest lead by either side in the game, 65-57.
Turkey could not pull away any further but they managed to maintain a safe distance from the Swedes the rest of the way, never allowing them to reduce the gap to anything less than four points until the final buzzer.
Candan paved the way for the winners with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, center Ramazan Tekin contributed 18 points and four boards and Samet Geyik chipped in with 13 points.
For Sweden, Jonathan Person had 21 points and three assists and Marcus Eriksson finished with 15 points in losing efforts.