Turkey Do Their Homework Early

14 July 2014

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11. Kartal Özmizrak (Turkey)
Kartal Özmizrak finished the game as Turkey's top scorer, with 17 points

Turkey picked up on Monday their fifth win in as many games at the U20 European Championship after beating Poland in the opening clash in Group F of the Second Round.

Turning Point: Poland had trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter but, in typical fashion, had enough fight left in them for one final push. When Turkey saw their lead reduced to five points, 50-45, with 6:21 left on the clock, they tightened the screws on defence and forced the Polish to undergo a four-minute long dry spell, scoring five points of their own to recuperate a safe ten-point cushion, 55-45, with only 1:55 remaining to play.

Game Hero: Kartal Özmizrak led the Turkish charge from the point guard spot with his most productive display in the tournament so far, collecting a game-high 17 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Stats Don't Lie: The ball would just not drop in for Poland against the Turkish defence as they went only 19-for-70 from the floor. As if that was not enough they found few chances to run in the open floor, scoring only four fast-break points, when Turkey scored 20 points in transition.

The Bottom Line: Turkey stand top of Group F with a 3-0 record and it would take a monumental collapse for them to miss out on the quarter-finals. Poland have dropped to 0-3 and face a potentially vital game on Tuesday against Italy.

 


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