After Spain’s victory in the European Championship for U18 Men in Zaragoza, there was little doubt that team captain and point guard Sergio Rodriguez was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Spain is the 2004 European Champion for U18 Men after another amazing performance right in the money time. In tonight's Final against Turkey there was no doubt who deserved the win more. Sergio Rodriguez led Spain to a great conclusion to a great tournament.
The first Semi-Final of this Championship lasted until the very last second before one team had made it into the Final brackets. France led for the majority of the game, despite a 10-0 opener by Turkey, and opened the last quarter with a 10 point lead of its own. However, Turkey stopped the French squad on no more than 7 points in the last quarter and with a great finish by Akyol and big center Savas took over the game and got the first ticket to the Final.
Turkey became the first team from Group B to make it to the Quarter-Finals. In a replay of last year’s U16 European Championship final, Turkey got its revenge, and one hell of a revenge it was.
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