Quarter-Final Report: Serbia & Montenegro 56 Turkey 76


Nemanja Aleksandrov
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.

From the 2nd quarter there was only one team on court. After a thrilling game between Greece and Italy, this one offered a 4th quarter that was mostly garbage time. Turkey beat Serbia & Montenegro by 20 points, 76-56 and was honoured with the 3rd ticket for the Semi-finals.

It was the Serbia team  which took first control of the game, and had a 8-2 lead in the early minutes. It took Turkey several minutes to get into the groove, and a 5-0 finish for the quarter sent the team for the first rest tied at 18-18.

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After a big fight in the first quarter Turkey was ready to step up and rule the game. A big three pointer from Akyol made it a 30-22 game in favour of the Turks. Serbia came back with 4 points in a row, but once again the final touch was made by Turkey. Another 5-0 run before the buzzer set the half time score on 35-26, and gave the first signal of what was about to come in the 2nd half.

Hakan Demirel of Turkey opened the second half with a great bucket and after Kaya added a big three pointer Serbia & Montenegro found themselves down by 14, 52-38. The Serbs managed to cut it down to only 8 by the end of the 3rd quarter, 52-44, but the Turkish juniors were the kings of the paint, and didn’t allow their opponents any 2nd chances.

Hakan Demirel
Two minutes into the last quarter and Aleksandrov decided to make it more interesting by cutting the margin to only 6, 53-47. But from that moment on there was only one team in the running:Turkey with another 5-0 run, and another 3 pointer by Kaya, opened another double-digit lead, 58-47, and maintained it until the closing minutes of the game. The Serbian players raised their hands, but Turkey was far from done. Only a three-pointer by Tripkovic, who had a very bad game, in the final second made it “only” a 20 point game win for Turkey.


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