|Berk Ugurlu chipped in 12 points and dished out seven assists for Turkey|
Turning Point: Croatia pulled to within 59-56 but Ogulcan Baykan and Tolga Gecim nailed back-to-back threes and Berk Ugurlu added a long ball as well to make it 68-58 with three minutes to play.
Game Hero: Ege Arar scored 14 points on two-of-two shooting from long range but also had 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, to go with one assist, one steal and one block.
Stats Don't Lie: Croatia made just 5-of-21 three-pointers (24%) compared to 10-of-18 (56%) for Turkey. The Turks also committed just 10 turnovers.
They Said It: "We beat Croatia, who were undefeated in the tournament. It was a defensive game. We boxed out really well and went to the rim and were able to get easy layups. And that helped us win the game." - Ege Arar
The Bottom Line: Turkey return to the final and will face off against Serbia with the chance of becoming the first team to repeat the title since Yugoslavia in 1988 and the first host nation to win since Lithuania in 2010. Croatia will look to bounce back and take on Greece in the bronze medal game.
Turkey will get a shot to defend their U18 European Championship title and get some revenge after knocking off previously undefeated Croatia 74-67 in the semi-finals to set up a title bout with Serbia.
Arar led Turkey with 13 points while Ugurlu had 12 points, three rebounds and seven assists, Furkan Korkmaz scored 11 points and Egemen Güven added nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Croatia, who came into the semis winning games by an average of 23.1 points, were held to 67 points - 12 points fewer than their previous worst against France and 20 fewer than their average.
Marko Arapovic scored 18 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for Croatia, who had won their previous seven games.
Luka Bozic added 15 points while Dragan Bender picked up 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the loss.
Croatia got off to a good start with a 7-2 lead and holding Turkey to just one basket in the first four minutes. Arar and Güven did a good job keeping the hosts close and a Korkmaz triple knotted the game at 13-13. Bozic converted a three-point play to give Croatia an 18-14 lead, which was 18-16 after 10 minutes.
Another Korkmaz three-ball and two scores by Ayberk Olmaz had the game even again at 23-23. Croatia made three free throws and then got a hook shot by Bender, the first points for the 16-year-old star to make it 28-25 with three minutes left in the first half.
Baykan knocked down a three-ball and then Ugurlu's driving lay-up gave Turkey their biggest lead at 31-28. Croatia trailed 31-30 at the break.
After going scoreless in the first half, Nik Slavica nailed a trey to start the third quarter and Bender scored two quick baskets for a 37-35 Croatian lead. Arar bookended two triples around a Ugurlu layup as Turkey went up 43-39.
Slavica knocked down another long ball but Ugurlu hit from long range and two Güven foul shots gave Turkey their biggest lead 48-42. Two Lovro Mazalin free throws trimmed the gap to 48-46 but Korkmaz nailed another long ball and the hosts led 52-48 after three quarters.
Turkey continued to work hard defensively and got enough offence to keep building the lead thanks to Baykan's three-point play and a Gecim layup to make it 59-49 with seven minutes left. An Arapovic dunk stopped the run before a layup by Bender, who then stole the inbounds ball, which then ended up with a three-point play by Arapovic get the Croatians within 59-56 with less than six minutes to play.
But Turkey heated up from long range with Baykan and Gecim going back-to-back with three-balls and Ugurlu's trey made it 68-58 with less than three minutes to go. Bozic answered with a triple but it was too little too late.