Turning Point: With Greece leading 76-74 with nine seconds left, Ender Arslan missed a game-winning three-pointer.
Hero: Vassilis Spanoulis poured in a game-high 23 points, including two big threes in overtime to pace Greece.
Key Stats: Turkey were six of 13 (46%) from the free-throw line while Greece finished 26 of 34 (74%).
Greece out-rebounded Turkey 47-28.
Greece edged Turkey in a EuroBasket Quarter-Final thriller on Friday night.
Needing a victory to secure a place in next year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey, Jonas Kazlauskas' team required overtime but won 76-74 to set up a Semi-Final showdown with Spain on Saturday.
|Ender Arslan's lay-up sent the game to overtime, but he could not make a game-winning three fall.|
Jonas Kazlauskas (Greece Coach):
"I am of course very happy, but it's very difficult to to talk after such a tough game. We lead for a majority of the match, but lost concentration in fourth quarter. But it's good, that even then players continue to play hard and keep fighting. We win in the end, thanks to our defense, the great game of Spanoulis and the fact that our team still was together, like one fist."
Efstratios Perperoglou (Greece):
"It was a very good game by both teams. We made big shots at the end and we won. Now we have two more games and we will try to win both."
Bogdan Tanjevic (Turkey Coach):
"In games like this one shot going in or out mades the difference, today it was us who lost the match. I agree that Omer Asik wasn't dominant like in previous games, and losing the rebounding battle was a big reason for the loss. But our players also didn't help Asik as they should."
Sinan Guler (Turkey):
"I think the stats are telling everything about this game. It was a very intense game for all 45 minutes, but Greece shot many more free throws and they also killed us with rebounds. Congratulations to them for the win. It's shame we lost tonight, but now we will try to get a 5th place in this tournament."