Turkey Through, Spain On Edge

24 July 2012

U16 MEN

By Jared Grellet

13. Okben Ulubay (Turkey)
Okben Ulubay chipped in with 11 points and 5 rebounds as Turkey qualified for the Quarter-Finals

Turkey have confirmed their quarter-final berth at the Dadu U16 European Championship, defeating Spain 71-56 on Tuesday night.

Turkey broke away early in the game to be leading by 17 points at the start of the second frame, courtesy of nine points from Mert Cevik. However, with Cevik neutralized in the run up to the half, Spain had the deficit back to four points.

Trading blows through most of the third quarter, Turkey were allowed to score seven of the frame's final 10 points, building the foundations to run away with the game in the final quarter.

Turkey's little men were key to their victory with guards Berk Ugurlu, Cevik and Tolga Gecim combining for six assists, five steals and 23 points, 14 of which came from Cevik. Ediz Oktay also contributed 14 points.

Marc Garcia was the only player for Spain to make double figures with 13 points.

Following the loss, Spain's journey to the next round now becomes somewhat more difficult. They can guarantee a quarter-final spot if they are to upset the previously undefeated Italy. However, if they lose and Ukraine defeat Croatia, then their tournament comes to an end. With their spot in the next round confirmed, Turkey can rest a little easier when they take on hosts Latvia.

 


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