|Reason to be satisfied with his team's opening performance: Turkey head coach Mustafa Derin|
Turkey clung on to open their U16 European Championship Men Group B campaign with a hard-fought 62-55 victory over Germany.
Turkey led 27-14 when they blew the game open early in the second quarter and appeared ready to run away with it.
But Germany fought back in the second half to set up a nervy finish.
With the tension rising in the final five minutes, Turkey were in danger of losing their poise.
But after Lucien Schmikale could only split his free throws to make it 52-50, Turkey responded with lay-ups from Ercan Bayrak and Baris Ulker to give them a four-point edge with 3:26 to go.
The gap remained close as the clock ticked down, but with 40 seconds left Bayrak came up with a key block to deny Leon Kratzer.
Egehian Arna could not immediately capitalise as he missed two free throws at the other end, but the clock was now against Germany and when Schmikale and Niklas Kiel came up empty with consecutive three-point attempts the game was up.
Turkey struggled with their shooting early on as Germany led 12-5 in the first quarter but took command with a 14-0 run that made it 27-14 midway through the second, the spurt highlighted by threes from Ulker and Furkan Korkmaz's dunk from Erten Gazi's steal.
Korkmaz led Turkey with 17 points while Ulker had 13, with Arna adding 10 points and seven rebounds.
Kiel led Germany with 12 points.