|Guillermo Hernangomez enjoyed a memorable night as he coralled 18 offensive and 5 defensice rebounds and was good for 20 points|
by Yarone Arbel
The run of the Spanish team continues with a 74-69 win over Turkey in Group F of the U16 European Championship at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro on Tuesday afternoon.
Spain remain perfect on top of the group with a 4-0 record and will finish among the top two, while Turkey dropped to 2-2 and will wait for the other results later on today.
The last day in the Qualifying Round in this group will feature Spain taking on Montenegro to decide the top spot of the group, while Turkey will fight versus Poland.
Javier Marin had 22 points for Spain but the big performance was written by Guillermo Hernangomez who finished with 20 points and 23 rebounds while Albert Homs added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Kenan Sipahi and Ismail Gülmez had 13 points each for the losing side while Tayfun Erülkü finished with 11.
Both teams didn't enjoy a good shooting day but Spain had more power under the boards and pulled no less than 64 rebounds, 30 of them on the offensive glass and Hernangomez was responsible for 18 of those offensive rebounds.
Homs and Hernangomez on one end and Erülkü on other kept their teams next to each other, as the lead changed hands time after time. Gulmez with another three pointer tied it at 21-21 after nine minutes, but Hernangomez started to collect his offensive boards and convert them to points, to keep Spain in the picture.
The active Spanish forward continued to create points on the offensive glass, and finally scored with a simple jumper to make it 40-34 with four minutes to play.
Turkey cut the gap back to two, but Homs finished in better style, and at the break it was a 44-40 advantage for the Spanish train.
Erülkü scored four in a row to start the second half, but Edgar Vicedo doubled him with eight in a row for Spain and turn it to a 54-50 Spanish lead after 24 minutes.
Marin joined the tea party with five in a row, to set a 10 point gap, 60-50 but Turkey stunned with a 0-13 run as Gulmez continued to create damage from the arc.
Hernangomez returned and resumed his rebounding performance right away and the teams entered the last four minutes tied at 68-68, before two additional offensive rebounds by the one and only Hernangomez decided the game in favor of Spain and allowed Turkey to add just a single point until the final buzzer.