|Pelin Bilgic stepped into the spotlight for Turkey on Saturday night, scoring 13 points while also picking up five steals|
Turkey turned it on in the final five minutes to beat Czech Republic 73-60 in Udine on Saturday and ensure they will play for ninth position on the final day of the U20 European Championship Women.
Turning Point: Just four points separated the teams at the start of the fourth quarter when back-to-back three-pointers from Büsra Akbas and Sinem Atas settled any growing Turkish tension and allowed them to play their natural game and pull away in the closing minutes.
Game Hero: Pelin Bilgic has been a fine foil for Akbas throughout the competition but on this night she stepped up scoring 13 points while also recording five steals and four assists, as she helped out her team in all facets of the game.
Stats Don't Lie: Czech Republic committed 20 turnovers and this translated into 20 of Turkey's points, meaning the fact they actually shot a marginally better field goal percentage than their opponents counted for little.
The Bottom Line: Turkey have recovered well after failing to build on their solid start in the second round but for Czech Republic, who stuttered similarly at that stage, their sole consolation comes from avoiding relegation to Division B.