Turkey Win, But Too Late

08 September 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Turning Point: Turkey were trailing 30-29 midway through the second quarter when they started a 26-8 run spanning the second and third periods to take control of the game.

Game Hero: Kerem Gönlüm collected 19 points, six rebounds and two assists in leading the Turkish effort.
Stats Don't Lie
: Turkey held the Swedes to 26.3% from long range while hitting 45% of their threes. The Turks moved the ball very good with 22 assists while also snatching 12 steals.

Ender Arslan (Turkey)
Ender Arslan had 19 points in Turkey's first win

Having already been eliminated from the Second Round before the start of the game, Turkey saved some face by beating Sweden 87-74 for their first victory in Group D of EuroBasket 2013 in Koper.

Kerem Gönlüm scored 22 points while Ender Arslan had 19 points and six rebounds for Turkey, who improved to 1-3. Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points and Emir Preldzic had 11 points and 10 assists.

"We showed a good resistance. The guys played well. They played organised. We shared the ball, with 22 assists. There was excellent cooperation among the players," said Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic.

Sweden dropped to 1-3 in the group despite Jeffery Taylor scoring 18 points while Jonas Jerebko had 17 points and Kenny Grant collected 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.

"I think we didn't play with the same energy as yesterday (a win over Russia). We matched up better against Russia then Turkey with their size, which made it very difficult for us," said Sweden coach Brad Dean.

"The positive thing is that we will not finish last in the group, meaning we will be in the top 20 in Europe."

The Swedes scored nine straight points to grab a 9-3 lead but Turkey countered with a 10-0 run for a 13-9 advantage. Grant hit two baskets to help Sweden go up 17-15 but the game was knotted at 17-17 after one period.

There were five lead changes in the first half of the second quarter with Sweden going ahead 30-29. But Turkey put together an 11-2 run to jump up 40-32. Taylor's triple just before the buzzer made it 40-35 at halftime.

The Turkish surge continued at the start of the second half with a 15-3 run for a 55-38 lead. Grant scored eight straight points for Sweden, who pulled back to within nine points with a 67-58 deficit after three quarters.

Brice Massamba cut the lead down to 67-60 with the first basket of the fourth period. But Arslan nailed a triple to start a 7-0 run to build an insurmountable lead.

 



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