Group F: Turkey Hold Off Bulgaria


Turkey bounced back from Sunday's defeat to Latvia by edging Bulgaria 68-67 in the Group F opener for both sides.

With 36 seconds remaining and Turkey leading 66-63, Lilyana Ilieva's jumper made it a one-point game.

Gulnur Sandallioglu followed with a layup to put Turkey up three.

Bulgaria's Ekaterina Dimitrova was fouled with just two seconds remaining.

She made the first to bring Bulgaria within two.

Rather than intentionally missing the second and hoping her side could retrieve the rebound, Dimitrova made the second.

Bulgaria couldn't foul until just .3 seconds remained on the clock, thus sealing the win for Turkey. 

Bahar Caglar led Turkey in scoring with 23 points while she pulled down 19 rebounds.

Bulgaria led 27-19 after 10 minutes played but Turkey reduced the deficit and only trailed 36-35 at halftime.

Turkey were never able to pull away but they held on for an important victory.

Bulgaria were outrebounded 44 to 38.

Jaklin Zlatanova had a game-high 25 points in defeat.

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