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20.07.2014, 21:30h
20.07.2014, 21:30h
65-57
14 - 1821 - 1013 - 1817 - 11
14 - 1821 - 1013 - 1817 - 11
Venue: Heraklion (GRE) |
Spectators: 3500 |
Referees: Ilija Belosevic (SRB), Fernando Rocha (POR), Doru Vinasi (ROU)

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Turkey Conquer Maiden Gold

2014 champions Turkey
Turkey celebrated their first ever title at the U20 European Championship

Turning Point: With 46 seconds left on the clock, Tayfun Erülkü asked his team-mates to clear out, he split the Spanish defence, drove to the basket and finished at the rim to give Turkey a 60-57 lead. Spain called a time-out and when the teams returned to the floor, they had to in-bound the ball from the extension of the half-court line. Muhsin Yasar, in a moment of unbelievable intuition, guessed the trajectory of the ball and intercepted Oriol Pauli's pass to run the open court and bring Turkey ahead 62-57 with a powerful dunk, 40 seconds from the final buzzer.

Game Hero: Even though he did not get the opportunity to run in the open court as much as he would have liked, Cedi Osman still masterminded the best moments of the Turkish offence. He was the one to ease his team-mates into this crucial game with a superb, confident start and he finished with a game-high 20 points, adding seven rebounds.

Stats Don't Lie: The two opponents equally matched in three-point field-goal percentage but Turkey got 13 points in transition (Spain 8) and were more succesful inside, scoring 30 points in the paint, on 45.7% from two-point range. Spain scored 22 points in the paint, on 38.5 points from two-point range.

Turkey edged out Spain 65-57 in the final minute of the U20 European Championship gold medal game to be crowned champions for the first time in the history of the competition.

Spain assumed the initiative during the opening exchanges of the final, by controlling the battle on the glass to score off offensive rebounds and keep a lid on Turkey's favourite transition game.

While the Spanish appeared pluralistic on offence, Osman was the only Turkish player to connect with the basket and scored all of his team's first nine points.

It was not a scenario that most had envisaged for this final, as Turkey had entered the title game with the most productive offence in the tournament.

Paradoxically, the order of things changed once Juan Hernangomez drilled a triple from the corner in the opening seconds of the second quarter to give Spain their biggest lead, 21-14.

Kartal Özmizrak replied swiftly with a triple of his own with 9:22 remaining to the half-time break and sparked a 10-0 run that would see Turkey grab a 24-21 lead on a free throw by Metecan Bircan, less than three minutes later.

6. Cedi Osman (Turkey)
 Cedi Osman with the championship trophy

Turkey reached the interval leading 35-28 and seemed to have recovered at least some of the elements of their free-flowing game.

However Oriol Pauli, the man who had sent Spain in the gold-medal game with last-gasp game-winner in the semi-final against Croatia, thought otherwise.

The Spanish forward tormented Turkey's ball circualation to come up with a game-high five steals and scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the third quarter.

The ninth of his points came when he sunk a triple with 5:29 remaining in the third to restore Spain in the driver's seat, 38-37.

Osman replied instantly by driving to the basket and converting a superb and-one play that pushed Turkey ahead 40-38, but the real battle was now well and truly under way.

Pauli converted an and-one play of his own to give Spain the lead again, with 1:12 left to the third buzzer, 46-44.

It would be the last time that Spain led in the game however, as Birsen and Talat Altunbey, who was sublime in his supporting role for Turkey against Guillermo Hernangomez, made sure that their team would go into the final frame up 48-46.

Turkey kept pushing back Spain's assaults in the clutch, despite the fact they never led again by more than three points until the final minute.

Dario Brizuela drew Spain within a point, 58-57, with 1:57 remaining, and Turkey turned the ball over almost immediately.

Spain however imitated their example, as a long pass by Diaz was intercepted by Osman and finally slipped off a sprinting Pauli's hands.

Unbeknown to them, Spain also missed at that moment their last chance to keep Turkey from being crowned champions.

On the next possession, Erülkü sent away his team-mates to create space and scored the basket that set up Yasar's steal and Turkey's big triumph.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

35.5%

22/62
FG
M/A

31.8%

21/66

45.7%

16/35
FG2P
M/A

38.5%

15/39

22.2%

6/27
FG3P
M/A

22.2%

6/27

78.9%

15/19
FT
M/A

60.0%

9/15

45

12/33
RT
RO/RD

43

14/29

12

AS

11

15

TO

13

4

ST

6

2

BS

4

18

PF

16

65

Pts

57

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