Turkey edged out France 60-59 in a dramatic Group D opener at the U16 European Championship for Women in a game that suggested both teams will be strong contenders to progress into the latter stages of the competition.
And it was point guard Busra Akbas who was her team's heroine, hitting what proved to be a decisive three-pointer with 32 seconds left to take her team high tally to 13 points and dig a hole for the French that they could not get out of.
Not that they stopped trying, missing a late attempt but after a contest where the lead was traded 11 times and where the score was tied on 12 occasions, there was so little to separate the sides.
France led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Turks rallied to make it 26-26 at half-time. At the close of the third, it was 44-44. And even though Turkey lost Sehernaz Cidal to injury early in the fourth, they kept fighting.
Up 54-50, they watched France's Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi cap a 5-0 run which put them ahead again. And although Aby Gaye scored with 8 seconds left, Akbas - and Turkey - would not be denied.
"We lost three players to injury in camp and when we lost another one today, we thought our bad luck would never end," said Turkey's coach Erkan Metin. "But we keep telling our players to believe. And they do believe in themselves. We had scouted France and prepared well but our players executed so well. They kept trying and did whatever they had to do."
The French were paced by 16 points and 11 rebounds from Assitan Kone.