Referees: Petros Papapetrou (GRE), Juris Kokainis (LAT), Johann Jeanneau (FRA)
Turkey Inflict First Loss On Croatia
Kenan Sipahi scored 16 points as Turkey handed Croatia their first loss of the U18 European Championship Men with a 72-66 victory in the Qualifying Round Group E.
Five other players scored at least seven points for Turkey, who improved to 2-2 in the group.
Croatia dropped to 3-1 in the group despite 17 points and eight assists from Marko Ramljak, 16 points from Stipe Krstanovic and 12 points from Ante Smolic.
Turkey grabbed a 12-4 lead, which grew to 16-6 and was still 19-9 before Croatia scored nine straight points to trail just 19-18 after one quarter.
Turkey went on an 11-3 run in the second period to push the margin back to 10 points - 35-25. The Turkish advantage grew to 39-28 before Turkey went into the break ahead 39-32.
Kenan Sipahi, Ahmet Tuncer and Samet Geyik all nailed three-balls in a 9-2 start for Turkey to the third quarter and the Turks went on a 14-5 run to build a 64-47 lead, which was 64-49 after three frames.
Turkey pushed the lead to 18 points, 70-52 with more than seven minutes left. Croatia would not go down without a fight, going on a 14-0 run to pull within 70-66 with 1:30 remaining.
But theyt failed to convert down the stretch and Ugur Dokuyan made two free throws with 36 seconds left to ice the game.