|19 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes: Bogdan Radosavljevic|
Germany started and finished strong on Monday to clinch a vital 71-65 victory over Turkey and enter in earnest the race for a quarter-final berth at the Sportland U20 European Championship in Tallinn.
The Germans had carried over no wins into Second Round Group E and would face an enormous uphill struggle if they slumped to defeat against Turkey; the Turks meanwhile missed a chance to punch their ticket to the last eight but still hold an advantageous 2-1 in the standings.
Germany led 16-7 early on and were in absolute control during the entire first half, as they reached the interval holding a 37-29 advantage.
Turkey could not find any score from three-point land as their shooting percentages were very poor (they finished on 3-of-24 from long range) and they were also unable to get second-chance points, as Germany were winning the battle on the glass.
They did both of the above however for a while shortly after the start of the third quarter and turned a 39-29 deficit into a 40-39 lead within less than four minutes.
Before they could shift the momentum though, Kenneth Ogbe reacted with a huge play as he sunk a triple and was fouled on the shot, converting his four-point play to restore Germany in the lead with authority, 43-40.
Germany took a 51-47 lead into the final frame and started it off by scoring 11 of the first 14 points in the period; when Turkey called a time-out with 5:18 left on the clock, they were trailing again by double digits, 61-50, and the comeback train had passed the station.
Bogdan Radosavljevic had a game-high 19 points and added five rebounds for Germany, Leon Tolksdorf collected 12 points and five boards and Ogbe finished with 10 points, also adding five rebounds.
For Turkey, Ramazan Tekin had 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds in a losing effort.