Ninth Time Lucky For Relegated Turkey

27 July 2014

U18 WOMEN

5. Ezgi Manlaci (Turkey)
 Ezgi Manlaci was able to come with the winning play to finally halt the drought for Turkey

Turkey ended an eight-game losing streak at the U18 European Championship Women and avoided last place by beating Sweden 54-52 but it was too little, too late having already suffered relegation to Division B.

Turning Point: Ezgi Manlaci made the game winning play on the buzzer with the decisive score as she grabbed the defensive board and went down the other end of the floor to finish the job.

Game Heroes: Manlaci executed right at the death and Basak Altunbey added 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Stats Don't Lie: Nothing came easy for Sweden who only managed one solitary score from turnovers.

The Bottom Line: Both teams leave Matosinhos having suffered relegation and while finally winning a game and avoiding finishing sixteenth might sound like a positive for Turkey - nothing could be further from the truth. While not the most gifted generation compared to many of their peers, their 1-8 record will dent pride and impose life in Division B for those who follow next year when promotion will be expected. Sweden always lacked consistency and couldn't figure out ways of increasing their offensive production and were made to suffer as a result.


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