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Group:  D | 30.07.2011, 20:15h
Group:  D | 30.07.2011, 20:15h
64-52
18 - 815 - 1115 - 2516 - 8
18 - 815 - 1115 - 2516 - 8
Venue: Hradec Kralove |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Jesed Diaz Bloncourt (PUR), Carlos Cortes (ESP), Martins Briedis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Turkey's Defense Too Much For Italy

8. James Birsen (Turkey)
Metecan Birsen sparked Turkey with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds

by Dan Casey

Turkey held Italy to 8 points in the final quarter to pull away for victory in Hradec Kralove.

A strong defensive effort held Italy to just 19 points in the first half and 30% shooting overall.

Metecan Birsen led the Turkish team with 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, and Cedi Osman added 13 points.

Simone Fontecchio led Italy with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Lorenzo Benvenuti added 15 points.

Turkey started the game on a 11-2 run and Birsen's three-pointer gave Turkey an 18-8 lead after the first period. Italy couldn't gain ground in the second quarter, and the half-time score was 33-19 to Turkey.

The Italian team started making shots at the beginning of the second half, and a 23-5 surge saw Italy take their first lead. But Sertan Sari drained a jump shot at the end of the third quarter to make the score 48-44 to Turkey.

Turkey then shut down the Italian offense for 4:47 in the final period to pull away.

Both teams will advance to the Qualifying Round, starting on Monday.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

40.9%

27/66
FG
M/A

30.0%

18/60

44.7%

21/47
FG2P
M/A

40.5%

17/42

31.6%

6/19
FG3P
M/A

5.6%

1/18

57.1%

4/7
FT
M/A

83.3%

15/18

49

21/28
RT
RO/RD

29

11/18

20

AS

7

29

TO

19

10

ST

13

3

BS

3

17

PF

14

64

Pts

52

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