Turkey delivered a sublime opening-quarter performance which earned them a 20-point cushion and kept a lid on Germany until late to secure an 80-75 win on Tuesday, in front of a capacity crowd at Berlin Arena.
Turning Point: Two triples by Ali Muhammed (Bobby Dixon) either side of a Cedi Osman three-point play propelled Turkey to a 9-0 lead with 8:13 left to play in the opening frame. Turkey never looked back, with Sinan Güler’s second three-pointer of the game lifting them to a 21-point advantage, 29-8, with 1:05 remaining to the first buzzer.
Stats Don’t Lie: Turkey closed down the lane in such air-tight fashion that midway through the second quarter Germany had attempted 12 three-pointers and 11 shots from two. Turkey were mostly content to give up the perimeter shot to their hosts, as Germany went 2-of-20 from downtown during the first 30 minutes of the encounter.
Game Hero: Young star Cedi Osman shone bright with a senior international career-high 17 points and Semih Erden made for a colossal presence inside, filling up the paint on defence and posting up against any big body Germany could throw his way on the other end. The Turkish center finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Bottom Line: Turkey have moved to second place in Group B, behind Serbia, on a 2-1 record. Germany have dropped to 1-2 in joint-fourth with the losing team in the late clash between Spain and Italy. Both Turkey and Germany still maintain options to advance to the Final Phase.
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