Germany Beat Turkey, Clinch Fifth Spot

24.07.2011

U20 European Championship

5. Niels Giffey (Germany)
Germany's Niels Giffey led all scorers with 20 points on 61.5% shooting from two-point range

The 2011 edition of the U20 European Championship continues to be the best experience for the German team following a 60-49 win over Turkey in the 5-6 Classification Game.

By taking the fifth spot Germany set this year as their best performance in their history in the tournament, even better than the team that had Dirk Nowitzki in its ranks.

Turkey improved from the 13th spot of last year and finish sixth - their second best ranking since 2006.

Niels Giffey had a strong finish with 20 points while Daniel Theis connected 12 points with nine rebounds.

Sertac Sanli had 18 points including three long range hits and seven rebounds while Furkan Aldemir finished the tournament with six points but the normal 14 rebounds.

It was a close game for over three quarters after Germany took the lead in the first quarter, but saw Turkey enter the last quarter just three pointer behind, 41-38.

Safak Edge with a three-pointer made it just a two point game, but saw Germany answer with seven points in a row that eventually decided the game.


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