Serbia Battle Back To Top Turkey

By David Hein
Sara Krnjic's 22 points paced four players in double figures as Serbia came back from a 13-point second half deficit to beat Turkey 75-71 and hand them their first loss at the U20 European Championship for Women to remain in the hunt for the title.

Nevena Jovanovic scored 16 points, Jovana Popovic had 11 points and Kristina Baltic collected 13 points and nine rebounds in helping Serbia improve to 2-2 in the qualifying round Group F.

Turkey dropped to 3-1 in the group despite 13 points and 13 rebounds from Tugce Canitez. Yasemen Saylar had 15 points, Damla Gezgin added 13 points and Gonca Karates chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Neither team could open a big gap in the first quarter as Serbia led by three and Turkey by five with the Turks ahead 21-16 at the break.

Turkey used a 17-5 surge in the second quarter to build a 17-point lead at 38-21. Serbia trimmed the margin to eight points but still trailed 45-35 at the break.

The Turks pushed the cushion back to 13 points but watched Serbia go on a 15-0 run to grab a 51-49 lead. And the scored was deadlocked 59-59 after three periods.

The Serbs were down by four before going on a 9-0 spurt for 71-66 lead. Turkey closed to within 71-69 but failed to convert on their next five possessions as Serbia established a six-point cushion to decide the game.

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