Group F: Fourth Quarter Surge Propels Turkey

18.07.2007

Turkey pulled away late in the fourth quarter to beat Germany 86-75 and clinch their second straight triumph at the U20 European Championship for Women.

Germany trailed 75-73 with three minutes remaining but their hopes of taking the lead were crashed as  Turkey went on an 11-2 run to seal victory.

Gizem Yavuz had a game-high 28 points for the victors, 16 of which she scored in the first quarter.

She finished 15 of 20 (66.6%) from the floor.

"I had a good game but the important thing is that my team won," said Yavuz.

"We want to go far in this tournament and the only way you can do that is by playing good basketball. I think we are improving game-by-game."

Led by the hot-handed Yavuz, Belarus went into the second quarter with a 22-20 lead but failed to pull away and went into the break with a 59-57 advantage.

Anna-Christine Gorg's layup tied at 43-43 early in the third quarter but that is as close as Germany got to upseting Turkey.


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