Turkey dominated Great Britain in their semi-final to progress to the finals of the 2018 U22 Men’s European Championships.
Storming to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter, Turkey controlled the game from the beginning adding to their lead every period, 14-10, 18-14 and 15-12, to secure victory, 66-44, and a place in the gold medal game.
Turkey’s experienced duo, Enes Bulut and Mücahit Günaydin, were influential with 24 points and 18 points, respectively. Whilst Sam Mack, led the scoring for Great Britain with 12 points.
It was a much closer affair in the other semi-final between Germany and Spain, with Spain holding a two-point advantage at the start of the second half, 30-28. However, the second half belonged to Germany as they turned game around to win the half, 34-16, and head to the final for the first time since 2014, with a 62-46.
Top-scorers for the game were Germany’s Nico Dreimüller with 20 points, followed by Spain’s Adrian García (17 points) and Ignacio Ortega (16 points).
Subsequently, Spain will meet Great Britain in the bronze medal game.
In the 5-8 classification games, Israel overcame a tough opposition in Poland, it was all level in the opening half, with the game tied starting the third, but an 8-0 unanswered run from Israel enabled them to take control of the game, and defeat Poland, 60-53.
Poland’s Krzysztof Kozaryna had a huge game with 31 points and 15 rebounds, for Israel a real team performance saw three players hit double figures, Amit Yehunatan Vigoda (16 points), Ido Shkuri (14 points), Radi Dagamin (10 points).
The other classification game saw France meet hosts Italy. In a commanding performance France ensured a spot in the 5th – 6th game, winning all four quarters 20-10, 13-6, 18-6 and 16-6, to finish with a 67-28 victory.
France’s Louis Hardouin top scored with 16 points, supported by Jean Alpin’s 14 points and Manuel Gomez’s 11 points. Matteo Mordenti led Italy’s scoring with 10 points.
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