Dominant Spain Move Into Title Game

30.07.2011

U18 MEN

Daniel Diez had 16 points and 13 rebounds and five others had at least seven points as Spain crushed Turkey 77-54 to roll into the final of the U18 European Championship Men and a date with Serbia.

Alejandro Abrines Redondo scored 11 points and Josep Perez had 10 points for Spain, who have not lost yet in this tournament and will be going for U18 title number three, following crowns in 1998 and 2004.

Spain out-rebounded Turkey 48-24 including 22 offensive rebounds. 

Turkey, who were led by 15 points from Ahmet Tuncer and 10 points from Talat Altunbey, will take on Italy for the bronze medal for the second time since 2009.

Spain came out like gangbusters right from the start with aggressive play offensively and defensively. Spain did not let Turkey get into rhythm and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to six total rebounds for Turkey in building a 19-5 lead after one quarter.

The Spanish used an 8-0 run in the second quarter to push the gap to 32-9 and the advantage was 40-16 at halftime.

Altunbey did all he could off the bench to bring Turkey back into the game but the Turks lacked the weapons and Spain just pushed even further ahead, leading by as many as 27 in the third quarter. And the score was 55-29 after three periods.

Spain refused to let up their concentration in the fourth quarter despite the big lead and continued to build their lead to as many as 32 points.


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