Turkey Hold On To Edge Lithuania

20 July 2013

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4. Bulut Altin (Turkey), 14. Ramazan Tekin (Turkey)
Bulut Altin receives a big hug from Ramazan Tekin after he draineda huge three pointer to tie the game at 68 points

Turkey led for most of the game but needed some late heroics to edge out Lithuania 70-68 on Saturday and will now face off with Greece for fifth place at the Sportland U20 European Championship.

Lithuania on the other hand will go up against Montenegro on Sunday in the game that will decide which team finishes in seventh in the tournament in Tallinn.

Turkey seemed well versed on defence and this time were much more energetic on the court than in their quarter-final defeat to Russia a day previously and held the Lithuanians to just 12 points in the opening quarter to take an early six-point lead.

Following a sudden Lithuanian surge in the second frame that saw the Baltic side take the lead momentarily, Turkey regained control and expanded the gap to nine points before settling for a 38-30 cushion at the half-time buzzer.

The encounter seemed to settle into a dynamic where Turkey would lead clearly but without ever pulling away until Lithuania used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 51-50 just before the end of the third quarter.

Turkey entered the final stanza leading 53-50 but Lithuania had now found a rhythm and scored the first eight points in the period to go up by five.

The two sides exchanged punches the rest of the way until five consecutive points from the Baltic side gave them a 68-65 lead 51 seconds from the final buzzer.

Turkey called a time-out and point guard Bulut Altin, who received the inbound pass inside's Lithuania's half calmly dribbled to the edge of the arc and drilled a three-pointer to tie the scores.

The Turkish 2-1-2 zone forced a missed Lithuania shot and the last seconds in the game belonged to Turkey.

Lithuania fouled twice as they were still not in the bonus but Samet Geyik drove to the basket, missed the floating lay-up but tipped in his own shot to score the winning basket for Turkey.

Lithuania had approximately two seconds left for a desperation shot but misfired from long distance.

Erbil Eroglu led Turkey with 14 points, Ramazan Tekin added 12 points and Geyik finished with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds; for Lithuania, Ignas Vaitkus had 13 points in defeat.


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