Classification Round 9-12
|Ugur Dokuyan and Turkey finally got back on the winning road with a win over Spain|
Turkey and Slovenia are the big winners of the 9-12 Classification Round games in the OMNITEL U18 European Championship at Lietuvos Rytas Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Friday night.
Turkey beat Spain 66-60 after dominating the game from the start, while Slovenia needed an overtime to beat Italy 96-91.
Tomorrow Turkey and Slovenia will fight for the 9th spot while Spain and Italy go on earlier in hope to avoid the 12th spot.
Safak Edge found his shooting rhythm again and after bombing 35 points in Day 1 and never reach double-digits since, he finished today's game with 17 points to carry his team to the win.
Muhammed Baygül added 15 with 4 assists.
Alejandro Barrera was the only saint in Spain to reach double-digits with 14.
Turkey enjoyed one of the better opening minutes of the championship with a 12-0 lead after 4 minutes, but already before the end of the first quarter Spain came only 3 points behind.
The cat and mouse chase continued in the three following quarters as Turkey took off and Spain moved closer, including in the closing 2 minutes when Spain cut a 12 point gap in half only to hear the final buzzer ending their hopes.
In one of the more offensive displays of the championship Italy and Slovenia combined 187 points as the Slovenians won 96-91 in overtime.
The winners saw Marko Pajic reach a monster 20-20 double-double in points and rebounds and Luka Rupnik added 15 with 5 rebounds.
After 4 defeats in a row, some of them in an uncomfortable margin, Italy was looking for a win, and came pretty close to make it even when the top scorer of the championship, Alessandro Gentile, didn't step on the court.
Marco Ceron filled his spot perfectly with a 34 points performance while Fabio Mian added 14 and Diego Monaldi finished with 13.
The teams went neck-to-neck for 40 minutes and didn't break away even in the extra period.
It was Ceron who scored twice from the free throw line to force overtime with a 76-76 tie before Slovenia missed two chances to win the game earlier.
Italy took the first lead after the 2nd tip off but saw Slovenia run 11-2 to take the sweet win with them tonight.