Spain will have a chance to defend their title after coming back from a 12-point half time deficit to beat Turkey 81-75 in Rethimnon tonight and earn their place in the final.
The defending champions trailed 50-38 at the break, but turned things around in the second half thanks to their full-court press defense to beat Mustafa Derin’s men.
Turkey recovered from a poor shooting start and a big double-digit deficit to defeat Greece 64-54, sending the hosts to their second loss in a row and eliminating them from semi-final contention.
The 2005 champions were an abysmal four of 21 (19%) from the field in the first 14 minutes of the game while Greece were a much more impressive 14 of 23 (61%) as they raced to a 30-11 lead early in the second quarter.
Can M Mutaf led a balanced attack as Turkey overcame Latvia 79-70 to remain undefeated in the qualifying round in Rethimnon tonight.
Mustafa Derin’s men edged ahead on a score of 18-17 at the end of the first quarter, but Latvia used a 15-0 spurt in the second period to take a 25-18 lead.
Turkey avoided a potential upset when they held off a second half charge by Croatia to win 72-65.
The 2005 champions of this competition took the lead from the start and looked headed for an easy win when they led 42-28 at the break.
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