Turkey marched into the Qualifying Round following a 66-52 victory over Bulgaria in Group C action in the OMNITEL U18 European Championship at the Lietuvos Rytas Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania.
|Burak Yildizli gave Turkey a lift in the win over Bulgaria|
By outscoring Bulgaria, the Turks will be ranked among the top 3 in the group with a 2-1 record, and their position will be decided according to the result in the game between Italy and Russia later on today.
Bulgaria failed to win a game in this round, and will play in the Classification Round against Ukraine, Germany and the loser between France and Sweden coming from Group B.
Burak Yildizli was the top scorer for Turkey with 23 points in addition to 9 boards followed by Muhammed Baygul with 11 points.
Bulgaria saw 14 points by Planimir Dafinov and Pavlin Ivanov added 11.
Despite fighting for survival, Bulgaria found themsevlves behind 11-4 already after 6:30 minutes, and entered the 2nd quarter down by 5, 16-11.
Aleks Simeonov scored from the perimeter but Baygul copied him twice and added a lay up to open a 28-17 Turkish lead half way through the 2nd quarter.
Ivanov and Dafinov joined forces to cut the margin to 6 until the break, but Safak Edge and Yildizli reacted after the break to recreate a double-digit difference, 44-34.
Yildizli dominated also in the last quarter, when Turkey climbed to a 15 point lead, while Bulgaria failed to find the road to create a comeback.