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.
Russia Coach Anna Arkhipova Von Kalmanovich has paid tribute to Italy after her team inflicted a heart-breaking 65-64 overtime loss on the hosts to set up a semi-final clash with Spain.
In a truly astonishing game of basketball, the emotion in the Arena after the final buzzer had ended was incredible.
Spanish Coach Jose Hernandez watched his team avoid a third straight loss and win a spectacular 76-71 shootout with Italy as both teams booked their places in the final eight of the tournament.
In yet another incredible match-up, a near capacity crowd were treated to a real classic as Italy, still without injured center Alessandra Formica shot the lights out from downtown to keep pace with Spain.
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