Turkey beat Estonia 84-58 in the first game in Group E today to secure themselves at least fourth place in the group behind France.
The fatigue of having played six games in seven days seemed to have caught up with the teams as the game moved at a snail’s pace at times.
Israel won their second game of the tournament in an immensely close 70-69 victory over Estonia.
After only winning one game each so far this game was always only going to be about final standings rather than qualification for the semis, yet it was a game that neither side wanted to lose.
One or two fans looking at the fixture list for the qualifying round of the UMCOR U18 European Championships Men may be surprised to see the name ESTONIA in big letters next to the list of this year’s top teams so far.
The Baltic side were the talk of the tournament yesterday after overcoming a much fancied Italy side with surprising ease to take the last spot in Group A for the next round.
Another unbeaten run at the tournament was kept alive by Greece in an 87-59 win against surprise package Estonia.
Konstantinos D. Koufos was the star again for the Greeks, scoring 23 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
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