|Olcay Cakir and her team-mates kept believing even when all hope seemed lost. Her eight consecutive points sent the game to ovetime and gave Turkey the victory|
A fabulous comeback helped Turkey to knock down Poland in a thrilling game that ended 76-65 in overtime, in the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women Qualification Round.
Olcay Cakir and Ozge Kavurmacioglu were no less than angels for their team, combining for 43 points and making some clutch shots down the stretch.
Cakir scored 21 points but none of them more important than the four ones who sent the game to overtime.
First she laid in a tough shot with 16 seconds to go, to make it 61-63, and then, on Poland's next possession, she stole the ball and got fouled with 10 seconds to go.
With the fate of the game in her hands, Cakir was cold-blooded from the free throw line and sank both of them to send the game in overtime, as Magdalena Koperwas' shot at the buzzer didn't reach the target.
Cakir then picked up from where she left off and scored the first four points of her team in overtime, to launch a furious 13-2 run for Turkey in the last five minutes.
"We believed" was almost all Kavurmacioglu could say after the game. For sure they did, as they kept on fighting, kept hitting the floor for every loose ball and kept pressuring their opponents throught the 45 minutes this thrilling game lasted.
Kavurmacioglu scored 13 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, making some devastating three-point shots that silenced the Polish.
Poland were in front by seven points with 90 seconds remaining in regulation, 56-63, but just couldn't hold on.
Dominika Miloszewska led Poland with 19 points and eight rebounds, Dominika Owczarzak added 13 points and five rebounds, while Kinga Wozniak finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Poland was just great from the free throw line, with 83.3 percent shooting, but lost completely the battle under the boards, where Turkey had 63 rebounds, to only 36.
Turkey will play next against Spain, while Poland will face Sweden, both games on Tuesday.