|Tomás Satoransky was red hot for the Czech Republic with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists|
There is still a lot of work to do for the Czech Republic before they can celebrate gaining a spot in next year's EuroBasket.
But Monday night's 82-64 victory over Turkey, the country that finished runners-up at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, was a giant step towards the Final Round in Slovenia.
The success improved the Czech Republic to 3-1 in Group F and dropped Turkey to 2-2.
Two players making a major impact for the Czechs this summer are Tomás Satoransky and Petr Benda.
The former, a 20-year-old point guard, was mesmerizing.
He had 16 points, five assists, six rebounds and a steal.
Benda, a 30-year-old center, poured in 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked a shot.
One of the most important stretches of the game occurred late in the second quarter and early in the third when the Czechs went on a 9-0 run to go on top, 40-30.
Turkey twice closed the gap to five in the third quarter but the hosts pulled away.
Young point guard Jakub Kudlácek hit a jumper on the fast break to start the important run at the end of the first half and Pavel Pumprla capped it by making one of two free-throws.
After Turkey closed the gap to five, Benda, Jiri Welsch and Pumprla all scored in a six-point run to put the Czechs in front by 11.
They ended up going in front by 19 before walking off the court with a memorable 18-point success.
Welsch and Kudlácek also contributed 14 points for the Czechs, who out-rebounded Turkey 42-30.
Turkey Head Coach Bogdan Tanjevic
"I would like to congratulate my [Czech Republic] colleague. I never saw a Czech team play better than [they did] today. One reason [for the defeat] could be the freshness of their team. We can play better, like [we did] against Italy."
Czech Republic Head Coach Pavel Budínský
"We knew that we want to make amends before our own fans, after the loss against Italy. We played good defense with high intensity. The atmosphere and the fans gave us energy. Everyone was productive. The beginning of the second half gave us an advantage. I'm happy playing the young players."
Turkey player Serhat Cetin
"There is not much to say. I´m really ashamed of myself. We have now four more games. We are really down . We have to win our next four games to go to the EuroBasket. It´s my promise to the Turkish fans."
Czech Repubic player Jakub Kudláček
"It was a great game for us. We were well prepared. We know, that the key for this qualification is to win our home games. We lost the previous home game against Italy. I hope we corrected [that mistake] today."