Turkey will head to the U17 World Championships next year after blowing out hosts Italy 71-50 as they gained compensation for their heart breaking and gut wrenching quadruple overtime loss against France in the quarter finals.
Coach Firat Okul was buoyant after claiming fifth spot and apologised as he broke away from the middle of his post game interview to join in with his players as they celebrated courtside.
Turkey will fight it out with Italy tomorrow for a place at next years U17 World Championships after winning their respective semi-finals for the 5 to 8 spots against Greece and Czech Republic.
In the first game of the day, Turkey stepped onto court looking to pick themselves off the floor after their gut wrenching quadruple overtime loss against France the night before.
France got out of jail to stay in the hunt for medals after a sensational comeback helped them claim the last semi-final spot with a stunning quadruple overtime 99-96 win over Turkey.
In a dramatic marathon that finished not too long before midnight, Turkey were left shattered and ready to pick up the pieces after they blew numerous opportunities to kill off French hopes.
Gulsah Duman has revealed there won't be any more roller-coaster rides for Turkey after her four triples helped book a spot in the quarter finals with a comfortable 61-45 success over Finland.
After a very up and down tournament Turkey now wait to hear who they will face in the quarter finals with the sharp shooter explaining victory against Spain last night provided the inspiration for success against the Finns.
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