|Merve Aydin had a good overall performance of 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the win over The Netherlands|
by Björn-Lars Blank
Turkey set up a very interesting finale in Group C after beating the Netherlands 65-52. The Dutch could not adjust to the up-tempo game of Turkey. Turkey won the battle on the boards as well, out-rebounding their opponent big time (58-33).
Dutch coach Joris Zandbergen was not pleased with the way his team rebounded "Turkey were more aggressive than we were. We won and they lost yesterday and it's easy to say that doesn't affect you but today it was clear that they wanted the win more. They out-rebounded and out-hustled us. We also gave them too many opportunities to run, that's what they like to do."
From the opening minutes to the sound of the final buzzer Turkey established an advantage over the Dutch with their fast paced game. Their speed as well as their edge in rebounding helped them to claim a 19-11 lead after the first quarter.
They kept on going full throttle in the second. In a physical match-up the Netherlands worked their way back into the game and closed the gap down to two points (32-30). At halftime Turkey was up 34-30 though.
Turkey started the second half as furious as they started the first half. A 6-0 run improved the result up to 40-32 for the Turkish side. The Dutch fought back and came closer once again, but Turkey always found the right response. Again the rebound advantage proved to be big for them.
With the lead back in double digits (57-45) Turkey looked to be on the right way with 9:06 minutes remaining in the game. They kept on walking that way en route to tab their first victory.
Before the final set of games of the Preliminary Round tomorrow Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland have one victory each.