Turkey Hosts Youth Event In Sakarya

08 February 2012

Turk Telekom International Tournament U16 Men, Sakarya, Turkey
Russia blew out Germany in the third place game, 67-36, making 12 of their shots from behind the arc

Turkey has been the site of some great basketball tournaments over the years, including EuroBasket 2001, EuroBasket Women 2005 and the 2010 World Championship.

A big youth event, the Turk Telekom International Tournament for U16 Men, was held in Sakarya from 28 January to 5 February.

The lucky ones in attendance looked through a window to the future.

Eleven of the 12 teams that took part were European.

They were Poland, Germany, France, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Russia, Slovenia and hosts Turkey.

The only non-European nation to play, Egypt, won the title.

The Egyptians' Ehab Saleh earned MVP honors after leading the tournament with averages of 19.8 points and 3.9 steals.

Turk Telekom International Tournament U16 Men, Sakarya, Turkey
Poland fell to Egypt in the final of the Turk Telekom International Tournament and finished in second place

Poland finished runners-up after falling to Egypt in the Final, 83-73, while Russia blew out Germany in the battle for third place, 67-36, after drilling 12 three-pointers.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Kobets was the top European scorer in the tournament, averaging 18.3 points while Montenegro's Vasilije Knezevic was third (16.3).

Knezevic was the top rebounder in the competition at 13.3 per game.

Rumen Vasilev of Bulgaria was the fourth leading scorer and third leading rebounder at 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Bulgaria's Andrey Ivanov led the Europeans in the shot-blocking category at 2.3 per game.


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