Turkey Top Spain, Move Into Final

27 July 2013
Okben Ulubay (Turkey)
Okben Ulubay with six boards and six points for Turkey
Turning Point: Two fast-break lay-ups to Dogukan Sanli as part of 9-3 Turkish run to begin the fourth quarter gave the team their first lead since the opening minute. A deflated Spain were unable to bounce back.

Game Hero: Kerem Kanter was Turkey's lone counter to Spain's domination of the paint and almost single-handedly won the game himself in the final quarter.
Stats Don't Lie: Turkey's

Turkey are into the final of the U18 European Championship after scraping past a desperate Spain 77-75 in Saturday night's second semi-final.

Turkey had to endure a nervous finish after completing a double-digit second half comeback as Spain scored 13 points in the final minute to fall just short of ruining Turkey's night.

Seven fast-break points saw Spain jump out to an early lead, but the combination of Kerem Kanter and Berk Ugurlu provided enough scoreboard impact to ensure the Turkish were not too far behind at quarter time.

Turkey opted not to play defensive centers Emircan Kosut and Egemen Güven for a large stretch in the second quarter and Spain took full advantage of the weaker interior, scoring nine of their first 10 field goals in the paint and establishing a lead that hovered around the double-digit mark for the majority of the quarter.

Dogukan Sanli used his penetration game to score twice as part of a Turkish run that cut Spain's halftime margin down to just one until Ilimane Diop ended the run with his third dunk of the game and a three-point play.

Turkey's big resurgence to begin the fourth was capped off by 14 fourth quarter Kanter points and 24 team points across the first seven minutes of the term. Three Spanish triples in the final 30 seconds reduced the margin to just one-point before Sipahi completed the victory at the free-throw line.




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