Turkey Take Ninth Place

18 August 2012

U18 MEN

By Jared Grellet

Kenan Sipahi (Turkey)
Kenan Sipahi again led Turkey in scoring with 18 points

Turkey have finished ninth at the Samsung U18 European Championship, easing past Slovenia 81-61 on Saturday night.

Hanging in the game by three points at half-time, Slovenia faded following the break as Tayfun Erulku provided eight points on a 21-1 run, putting Turkey up 56-39 with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter.

Slovenia never recovered from the setback and Turkey cruised home for the win, assuring they leave Lithuania on a high note.

Kenan Sipahi ended what was an impressive personal tournament for the point guard with 18 points, lifting his average to 14.9 points a night. Talat Altunbey was next best with 16 whilst Erulku chipped in with 10.

Tomaz Bolcina contributed 14 points for Slovenia.

Earlier in the day, Ukraine failed to stay with Greece in the second-half with Georgios Vlassopoulos' troops pulling away to complete a straightforward 83-69 win, ending the championship in 11th position.

Ukraine were putting up a strong challenge in the opening half, leading for extended periods before Filippos Kalogiannidis tied the game up with a pair of free-throws moments before the buzzer.

When Filippos Kalogiannidis and Dimitrios Agravanis knocked down threes early in the second half, Greece had their break, and by the end of the quarter were leading by nine.

The lead remained through the last 10 minutes with staunch Greek defence not allowing Ukraine any chance to start a comeback.

Agravanis, along with Diamantis Slaftsakis topped Greek scoring with 17 points each. One back with 16 was Kalogiannidis off the bench.

Yevgen Sakhniuk finished as Ukraine's top scorer with 13 points.


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