Following the meeting of the FIBA Europe Board in November 2002, it was decided that a new system of qualification would be implemented for the 2005 European Championship for Men.
Another major tournament has come and gone for Turkey. The memory of their runners-up finish at the European Championships two years ago is fading fast.
Turkey, one of the continent's biggest basketball countries, also crashed out of the World Championships last summer in Indianapolis, finishing ninth, and in this year's Eurobasket in Sweden failed to even reach the quarter-finals.
The last game in Borås was also the best. After a nerve-wrecking last quarter, Serbia & Montenegro were able to win against Turkey by 4 points, 80-76.
Turkey was in the lead with four minutes to go and only trailing by one with one minute left. Some crucial mistakes in the last seconds gave the victory to Serbia & Montenegro.
An exciting and close game until the very last seconds ended with Turkish victory. But it is what happened after the buzzer that will be remembered from this game. Spectators started to throw things onto the court and players started to fight with each other. Thanks to good security the turbulence ended quickly.
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