U20 European Championship
|Turkey center Furkan Aldemirhad had another great game in Bilbao, with 16 points and seven rebounds|
Turkey had the upper hand against Ukraine in Group F action in the U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain with a 64-61 victory after a hard nosed battle.
This was the first win for Turkey in the group that now stand on 1-3, which keep them in the race for the Quarter-Finals.
Ukraine fell to 0-4 but could still have a chance to make the next stage in case Greece will lose to Italy in the last game of today.
Sertac Sanli was the top scorer for Turkey with 18 points, Furkan Aldemir added 16 and Can Mutaf finished with 14 and five assists.
Maksym Sandul led Ukraine with 14 points and added also 12 rebounds while Olexandr Mishula and V'Yacheslav Bobrov had nine points each.
Once again Ukraine dropped a nine-point lead in the last five minutes of the game, and witnessed their opponent complete a great comeback.
Ukraine enjoyed the better start and towards the end of the first quarter held a 14-21 lead, but Mutaf scored twice from the arc and added a jumper to set the gap on 29-26 midway through the second period.
Sanil and Aldemir scored for Turkey, but Ukraine stayed on top with a 36-35 lead at the end of the first half.
Bobrov and Mishula showed their ability to score from long distance as well and with 13 minutes to play in the game Ukraine held a 37-46 gap, yet Huseyin Koksal and Aldemir kept Turkey in reaching range.
Yet another three-pointer by Mishula put Ukraine above with a 51-59 lead and less than five minutes to play, but that's when it all stopped.
Just like on Day 1 of the Qualifying Round, Ukraine couldn't hold on to a comfortable lead down the stretch and saw Turkey write a comeback a-la Spain.
Mutaf and Sanli scored quick three pointers, Koksal added a lay-up and Aldemir scored one from the foul line to complete a 9-0 run and stand on top.
Ukraine had one last answer with a fast break jumper but Sanli hit one more time from long range and never looked back.
Ukraine still managed to turn the ball over twice, miss a dunk and a three-pointer before Sanli completed the score from the foul line with a single tick on the game clock.
Tomorrow Turkey will take on Germany in hope to start a winning streak while Ukraine and Greece will take the floor later on the day.